Things You Must Know When Shopping For Jewelry

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  • Things You Must Know When Shopping For Jewelry

    It's impossible to know too much about beautiful jewelry! If you make just the wrong mistake,you could lose a great deal of money! What follows are some common sense jewelry tips thatwill help prevent you from making these costly mistakes. This information can guide you inselecting and caring for jewelry pieces, and help you avoid some common pitfalls.

    When you are shopping for jewelry in sterling silver, be sure to examine the piece closely,and take along a magnet for metal testing. Metals that aren't precious will connect to themagnet, signaling that it is fake. Another way to tell if a metal is sterling silver is to check for ahallmark stamp, for example .sterling, .ster, or .925. Be wary of pieces that lack any silverhallmarks, as this is an indication that they're not genuine sterling silver.

    Steer clear of ammonia, bleach or other strong chemical solvents when you need to cleanthese items. Doing so can damage the shine and luster of the stones on your favorite pieces.

    To help maintain its appearance, take good care of it to keep it from getting tarnished. Don'twear jewelry near water. Water can dull and rust some types of metal if it is exposed to it toooften. Apply clear nail polish to your jewelery as an added protection.

    If you own costume jewelry, it is important to properly care for it. Well-done costume jewelryis often worth the price, but if it's worn out or visibly damaged, it won't be worth the effort ittakes to restore it. Costume pieces kept in great condition will enhance your collection muchmore over time.

    Give the jewelry a little test drive and wear it for a little bit to see if it is comfortable and laysright. This can also help you see whether the piece is durable enough to last.

    Costume jewelry should be treated differently than your other jewelry. These pieces are oftenput together with glue, which does not last as long as other methods. Never immerse yourcostume jewelry or use harsh chemicals on it. It's most beneficial to use a damp warm clothto gently wipe, then use another cloth to dry. This will make your costume jewelry sparkle forweeks, months, or even years.

    Your belt will get a little pizzazz if you accent it with a brooch like this. Pin it in the center ofyour waist or towards your hip.

    Know what you want to do with jewelry prior to purchasing it. There is no need to spend yourmoney on a bauble that you cannot see yourself wearing. Think of the outfits that you own,and use those to help you choose your jewelry.

    If you want to purchase new jewelry, watch for discounts or sales. You can save a lot ofmoney with the right sale. Locate the best prices online, in newspapers and in stores. If you

  • buy the older fashions that are from the previous season, you can save a lot of money.

    Glenn Spiro