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TIP! Keep your jewelry in a relatively air-tight container, and minimize its exposure to humidity. To ensure it is protected, keep your jewelry in a drawstring bag or a jewelry box that is closed.

There is no such thing as being too informed about jewelry. Making one small mistake could cost you with a small fortune. Here are some safe and reliable tips for jewelry selection and care. You will be able to more easily pick out and keep jewelery pieces looking great if you follow these tips.

Steer clear of ammonia, bleach or other strong chemical solvents when you need to clean these items. These can erode both the color and the materials of your jewelry.

TIP! Know what is trendy before you buy a piece of jewelry. The one thing that makes a great purchase an outstanding one is getting a bargain on it.

When storing your jewelry, be sure that you store it in a place with low humidity and free of open air. It’s best to store it in a closed box, like a jewelry box, or a drawstring bag. Humidity and air tends to cause precious and non-precious metals to tarnish. It’s possible to restore precious metals through polishing, but lesser-quality metals may suffer permanent damage.

TIP! Ask about any insurance a jeweler may offer when you are buying jewelry. This is so that if something happens to your piece, you can return it to have it replaced or repaired.

You need to know the type of gem that you are purchasing. You have three options as far as the type of gem: natural, imitation and synthetic. “Real” can mean natural or synthetic, and an imitation stone could be glass or plastic. Synthetic gems come from a lab and natural ones are found in the ground.

TIP! Make sure you take precautions to stop your jewelery from losing its shine. Do not wear jewelery around water.

When purchasing jewelry from a respected jeweler, inquire as to whether they offer an insurance policy. If your jewelry gets damaged or broken, you can come back to the store and have it repaired or replaced. Some jewelers have insurance policies that cover lost of stolen jewelry, also.

TIP! Put on the jewelry to see if it hangs correctly, then wear it for a few hours to test the comfort. You will also have the knowledge that the piece is not going to fall apart the first time the receiver wears it.

Keep your jewelry from getting tarnished in order to keep it looking it’s best. Do not wear jewelery around water. Water can dull and rust some types of metal if it is exposed to it too often. If you want to give your jewelry a measure of protection from this element, coat it thinly with clear nail polish.

TIP! Stones are an important part of jewelry so ensure they factor heavily in your decision. Try to select stones that are an extension of your individuality and that enhance the tone of your skin.

Caring for your jewelry properly is important; you should definitely give it some consideration. Depending on the metals and stones used in your jewelry, along with how they are set, you will need different maintenance methods. Along the same lines, enhancing different stones and settings requires you to take different steps. Speak with a knowlegeable jeweler if you do not know the best way to take care of your jewels.

TIP! You need to learn the best ways to take care of your jewelry. Metals, gemstones and settings all have different storage and cleaning requirements.

Before purchasing a gemstone, find out if it has been treated, and if so, how. The various treatments that gems are given means that they need to be cared for differently. You want to avoid unknowingly cleaning the gem with a chemical or solution that could strip off the protective treatment.

TIP! Put your make up on before the jewelery. Your jewelry attracts dust and particles from cosmetics; if you apply makeup after you put on your jewelry, the particles will make it look dull.

Shop the sales to get great jewelry on a budget. Buying at the right moment can mean big savings. Check for the best sales in the paper, online, and in store windows. You could get great jewelry at discounts close to 50%, especially when it comes to styles that are being phased out.

TIP! Before buying jewelry or a fine stone, find out if it was treated in any way. If it was, find out how.

Have a purpose in mind for a piece of jewelry before you buy it. There’s no sense in spending a lot of money of pieces that you’ll never wear. Think about what type of clothing you will wear with the jewelry before deciding what to buy.

TIP! Even knotted necklaces with delicate loops can be untangled. Don’t be tempted to give up on the tangled metal.

If you are trying to sell jewelry on the Internet, make sure that you present it in an attractive way. This is very important since customers cannot handle the jewelry in an online transaction. Take professional-looking pictures of your pieces and let people know you can send more pictures upon request.

The size of the diamond is not as important as its cut and clarity. It’s also important to consider the personality of whomever is to receive the diamond.

TIP! If you want to spend a lot of money on some jewelry, then make sure to buy a piece that will last a very long time. Although you usually get high-quality jewelry when you spend a lot of money, you also need to consider the style of the piece.

Don’t swim wearing your jewelry. Chlorine can damage your valuable pieces because it’s such a strong chemical. Even ocean swimming is not good for jewelry. The salt is damaging. Take off your jewelry before swimming to ensure that it lasts as long as possible before you have to replace it.

TIP! The high price of gold can interfere with your fine jewelry purchases. If you simply must have that gold ring, necklace or bracelet, be flexible in terms of karats.

Robe hooks are a great way to keep necklaces safe and separate. With the right space, you can incorporate a row of these and use them for organizing and hanging necklaces easily. Not only is this a decorative touch to your intimate spaces, but it will protect the necklaces from being damaged by excessive contact with other pieces in a small box.

TIP! Many have begun to start wearing yellow gold and silver jewelry together. To achieve this look, you need to wear one piece of jewelry containing both silver and gold.

Rubies are extremely popular for good reasons. Rubies are red, of course, but when talking about rubies, they come in many different shades. There are dark maroons to light pinks. Rubies are also known for their durability, as they can withstand impact and chemical exposure surprisingly well. Rubies are the perfect choice, if you desire a stone that is strong, as well as beautiful.

To protect the setting, clean with a damp cloth. Gently dry the piece with a soft cloth. Avoid using steam cleaners or harsh chemicals with fashion or costume jewelry.

TIP! Before putting fine jewelry up for sale, get it professionally appraised by a gemologist. This will help you sell your item at the right price as you now have an honest opinion of what that is.

Nothing says “I love you” like a beautiful, thoughtful piece of jewelry. Women love to get surprised with new jewelry. You are sure to cherish that moment of surprise and happiness as you give her such a beautiful gift.

TIP! If you want the effect of a large, dazzling diamond, an illusion setting is a good choice. In this effect, a small mirror is put under the diamond before it is set into place.

If you like your necklaces from when you were younger, but don’t want to look dated, try mixing them with other, newer necklaces. Give yourself a layered look. If you add a cross or heart pendant necklace to a grouping of others, it gives the entire grouping a lovely, personalized touch.

TIP! While it may not be the best jewelry cleaner, it is a viable option when you are in a jam. Try putting some toothpaste on a fine cloth or paper towel.

Having really valuable jewelry appraised by a certified specialist or gemologist before you sell it is a wise idea. This gives you a baseline price against which you can evaluate offers from potential buyers.

TIP! Cleaning and proper storage are critical factors in taking care of your jewelry. Before cleaning, make sure there are no loose gemstones or breaks that will suffer from cleaning the piece.

Well, it’s easy when you know how. This article has just touched on a few of things that you should know about this very rewarding hobby. There is much to learn, but at least you’ve now got a few good ideas to put to work.