You must know what you’re doing or do the research prior to shopping for jewelry in order to make a good purchase. You may be uncertain where to start.
Your jewlery needs to be kept in a place where it is protected from air and humidity. To maximize protection, put your jewelry in a jewelry box or a small drawstring bag. Air and humidity will make the metals in jewelry tarnish. You can restore the precious metals back to their former glory, but plated jewelry is different. Trying to polish those pieces can reveal the non-precious metals underneath, such as copper.
To differentiate between real and fake, bring a magnet when you shop for sterling silver jewelry. Metals that aren’t precious will connect to the magnet, signaling that it is fake. True sterling silver can also get a mark on it to indicate its quality, such as “.925” or “ster”. If the item has no markings indicating its authenticity, then be skeptical.
Observe them and see what jewelry pieces the happen to be wearing, such as necklaces, earrings, or rings. Also pay attention to any metals or stones they seem to prefer. Just paying attention to what they wear now will make buying for them much easier than asking a salesperson.
Costume jewelry needs special care. Often, stones will be glued into their settings, which makes them more prone to falling out than regular jewelry. Don’t allow them to go under water or clean them with strong chemicals, or you might dissolve the glue. Use a damp cloth, then dry it with another clean, dry cloth. This will make your costume jewelry sparkle for weeks, months, or even years.
See what types of earrings they wear, what color, if they wear ankle bracelets, etc. These types of observations will provide a starting point to purchase an item they’ll cherish.
This article has now showed you how important it is to put effort into your research, when looking to buy or sell any jewelry. Apply the tips from this article, and you will be successfully buying and selling quality jewelry in no time.