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TIP! Use a polishing cloth for all of your jewelry pieces. A polishing cloth is a very gentle way to get a good shine on all your pieces.

Jewelery has always been associated with beauty. Jewelry can bring back memories of an important event or occasion and provides a way for people to show how much they care about each other. You’ll be more successful at buying or selling jewelry if you learn more about jewelry in general, as well as the history and memories behind pieces you’d like to sell or acquire.

TIP! To distinguish between real and fake, bring a magnet when you shop for sterling silver jewelry. By using the magnet you can quickly determine if the jewelry item is made of a cheaper metal and not sterling silver.

Watch how you store your jewelry when it isn’t being worn. Use a box that has several different compartments and hooks to keep your pieces apart. Throwing the jewelry together into the jewelry box is a no-no. This can damage fragile jewelry, and make it difficult to find the necklace you want because it’s tangled with other pieces.

TIP! Be sure to pay attention to details like type of metal and shape. This information will allow you to purchase that special piece that they will treasure for life.

Make sure you know what kind of gem you are getting when you are buying jewelry. Gemstones now come in natural as well as synthetic and imitation types. Synthetic stones are lab created jewels, while imitation stones are normally colored glass. Natural stones are found underground and synthetic gems are created in a lab.

TIP! Before you buy a new piece of jewelry, research the latest trends. The only thing that can make picking out a fantastic piece of jewelry better is if you get it at a discount.

Be sure to at least inquire about the insurance that is available when you buy jewelry from a reputable jeweler. If something happened to your jewelery, you can take it back and see if they will fix it! There are jewelers who offer insurance for misplaced or lost jewelry, too.

Costume Jewelry

TIP! If your “giftee” is a unique person, try finding a special piece that is crafted specifically for them. You want the piece to match the person; unique people deserve unique jewelry.

Look at the condition of costume jewelry before making a purchase. While normally is a beautiful investment, a piece of costume jewelry that is in poor condition is not worth buying. Compare pieces for quality, because good ones stay high or even grow in value over time.

TIP! Apply your makeup before putting on your jewelry. Makeup will settle into your jewelry making it look dull and dingy.

For those creative, quirky people in your life, shop for handcrafted original pieces. This will express the time you spent to get their gift just right, just the kind of sentiment you want to show your special friends.

By wearing a brooch, your belt will be accented and look more interesting. Try pinning it at the center of your waist or near your hip.

TIP! If you’re selling jewelry on the Internet, make sure your depiction of the piece is detailed, clear and eye-catching. As the potential buyer cannot physically touch the piece, this is important so that the jewelry is presented in its best light.

Gems are given chemical treatments in the process of cutting, polishing and setting. When you are thinking of buying, ask what treatment a stone was given. Different treatments come with different requirements for cleaning and storage. Cleaning a treated gem using the wrong chemical might damage it.

TIP! This is true for all saunas. Many pieces can be seriously damaged by extreme temperatures and moisture levels.

When deciding on which jewelry pieces to buy, look through the sales advertisements. If you find the right sale, you might see a lot of savings. Look for the best promotions and sales on the Internet, in your local paper, on television ads, and even in storefront windows. If a particular piece was designed to fit a current trend, and that trend is nearing conclusion, then you could make a saving as big as 50%.

TIP! You should never wear your jewelry while swimming. Chlorine is a very strong and harsh chemical that can damage and dull your precious pieces.

Make sure that you regularly untangle delicate, knotted necklaces. Do not give up, but instead get a piece of plastic wrap. After placing the necklace on the wrap, coat it with mineral or baby oil. Gently untangle the knots with needles. Finally, use dish soap and dry gently with a towel.

TIP! Think of expensive jewelery as an investment for the years to come. Most expensive pieces are of good quality so you don’t have to worry too much about that.

When you buy a piece of jewelry, know what your plans for it are. You want to ensure that you purchase a piece of jewelry that you will actually wear. Think about which outfits you will wear the jewelry with while you are shopping.

Resist the common notion that size matters; concentrate instead on quality and clarity. In addition, consider the characteristics and traits of the recipient of this diamond.

TIP! Clean your jewelry with a soft, moist cloth to prevent damage to the setting. Next, use a soft cloth to dry the entire piece.

Be sure to shop around when buying diamond jewelry. Every diamond is unique in both its beauty and imperfections. Once you see the diamond up close and look it over, some of the flaws may not be as critical as you once thought. A jeweler will individually price the diamond based on a multitude of factors, any flaws being one of them. You should always shop around to find the best possible diamond for a price that you can afford.

TIP! Although jewelery cleaner specifically geared toward silver jewelry is ideal, this will do if you don’t have any cleaner available. Take a soft, lint-free cloth or a paper towel, and dab a small amount of toothpaste on it.

The high price of gold can interfere with your fine jewelry purchases. If you are determined to buy real gold, you might have to be flexible on the carats, in order to save money. Eighteen karats means the piece contains seventy-five percent of gold: this remains affordable and looks like a luxury item.

TIP! Be sure to always plug your drain before you clean your jewelry in a sink. More often than you would like, a very important piece of jewelry could very easily be slipped off when you have soapy hands.

If you have a bracelet or necklace made of gold, it’s possible to get a bit of money out of it without selling the whole piece. Consider removing excess portions of gold or silver that will not affect the overall piece. With real gold necklaces and bracelets, you can pull in hundreds by just clipping off parts that no one notices anyway.

TIP! Previously owned jewelry can be a great bargain. Previously owned jewelry is often as nice as its newer counterparts.

Onyx and crystal jewelry looks beautiful and can make a statement. You don’t need to completely empty your wallet on a new jewelry piece to be pleased with the results.

TIP! If you are a ring fiend who wears multiple rings on both hands, you need to be sure to make your hands presentable. To keep the focus on your pretty rings and not your unkempt hands, keep your nails manicured or at least trimmed and buffed and use hand creams to keep your skin soft and supple.

Alexandrite is an attractive stone for jewelry, but often overlooked. The stone’s color morphs from green to purple, changing based on whether you are inside a building or standing outside. It can be made into rings, earrings, and pendants with any precious metal.

TIP! An engagement ring should reflect not only you and your partner’s lives and lifestyle, but also personal taste. Look for a ring that expresses what you feel and reflects who you are.

Gently rub the piece with a damp cloth, to keep the setting’s integrity. After a gentle cleaning, take out a soft cloth and dry the piece completely. Harsh cleansers and chemicals should not be used to clean fashion or costume jewelry.

Unexpected Gift

TIP! It is as important to care for your jewelry as it is to properly store them. Before you clean your jewelry, make sure that there are no breaks or loose gemstones that could potentially worsen or fall out if you were to clean the item.

Surprise your loved one with a piece of jewelry, reminding them of your love. Every woman loves receiving an unexpected gift of jewelry. Making an unexpected gift of jewelry is a treat for you too, because you will treasure the memory of seeing her delighted and awed by your thoughtful present.

You get more than an investment when you acquire jewelry; you get a special memory. Jewelry symbolizes many things in the human journey; past, present and future.