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TIP! Do some research on the gem in your new piece of jewelry before you buy. Three different kinds of gems are available for purchase: imitation, synthetic and natural.

No matter why you are buying your jewelry, whether for yourself or as a gift, it is important to know the proper way to care for jewelry as well as buy and sell it responsibly. This article will provide you with some nifty tricks and tips for getting the maximum benefit out of any time or money you invest in jewelry.

TIP! What color gold do they seem to favor – white or yellow? Do they normally wear a bracelet? What type of earrings do they prefer – drop and dangle or studs? Take a mental note of this important information. These types of observations will provide a starting point to purchase an item they’ll cherish.

Use a soft cloth on your jewelry as often as you want. These cloths can replace the need for chemicals or solvents during the process. All you do is polish it like you would a glass with the two-sided cloth. Use the side that is designated for polish, and the other to make it shine.

Don’t use acetone, bleach, ammonia or turpentine to clean copper. Doing so can destroy enamel finishes, while clouding stones and crystals.

Sterling Silver

TIP! Costume jewelry needs special care. Many of the stones and embellishments are just glued in instead of set in a professional setting.

When you go shopping for sterling silver jewelry pieces, take with you a magnet and a monocle. By using the magnet you can quickly determine if the jewelry item is made of a cheaper metal and not sterling silver. You will always find a hallmark stamp such as “.925” or “STER.” on genuine sterling, or alternately, it might simply say, “STERLING”. If the item has no markings indicating its authenticity, then be wary.

TIP! For a gift that is as unique as its recipient, look for handcrafted or customized pieces. You want the piece to match the person; unique people deserve unique jewelry.

Take note of whether they wear hoop earrings or studs, yellow gold or white gold, an ankle bracelet, etc. This will help you get started in your search for the perfect item of jewelry for your loved one.

Before buying a new item of jewelry, do a little research on recent trends. The only thing better than picking up a gorgeous bauble is getting it on sale!

TIP! Apply your makeup and let it set before putting on jewelry. Putting jewelry on prior to applying makeup or hairspray allows gunk and grime from your beauty products to settle on the jewelry, leaving it dull and potentially harming the finish.

Ask about insurance from your jeweler before purchasing a new piece. This is to avoid any future complications. If anything were to happen you have yourself covered and to avoid complications with that jeweler in the future, they can replace or fix it for you if you run into problems. Sometimes you can even get replacement coverage for loss or theft.

TIP! If there are knots in your necklaces, you can easily untangle them. It’s easy to get frustrated with tangled necklaces, but saran wrap can come to the rescue.

To help maintain its appearance, take good care of it to keep it from getting tarnished. Keep your jewelry away from water. Water exposure can cause different metals to become tarnished, dull or rusted. A single coat of transparent nail polish may help protect certain types of metal.

TIP! Have a purpose in mind before shopping for jewelry. There is no need to spend your money on a bauble that you cannot see yourself wearing.

The stone is an important part of a piece of jewelry so should be considered carefully. Think about your skin tone, and also think about your personality as you choose your favorite stones. Your best bet is to choose a natural color to match any outfit. Do not buy something if it does not work for you.

TIP! Never rely on brand names to determine the true value of a piece of jewelry. Not may people notice trendy names or brands in jewelry.

Know how to keep your jewelry beautiful. The variety of stones, metals and assorted settings will determine the ways in which you care for them. A treatment that polishes one stone may scratch another stone. If you can’t find information about caring for a specific piece of jewelry, consult a trusted jeweler.

TIP! If you want to make a few extra bucks without selling your jewelry, you can do this if you have bracelets or necklaces made of gold. If there is excess gold on the piece, remove that extra, then sell that while retaining the piece itself.

Try searching for sales when purchasing jewelry. The right sale will save you a lot of cash. Scope out the sales in every store you can find. 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! Making and selling your own jewelry can be an exciting and lucrative hobby, but you simply must have an attractive, eye-catching way to display your wares. Use the same creativity you employ on your jewelry to come up with notable, memorable displays for it.

Be careful when untangling your delicate necklaces. Don’t be tempted to give up on the tangled metal. It’s plastic wrap to the rescue. Put the necklace onto a wrap, and place mineral or baby oil on it. It is possible to untangle very snarled necklaces with a needle. Clean with warm, soapy water and gently pat dry.

TIP! Gorgeous red rubies have been a favorite precious stone in jewelry throughout time for a few different reasons. Rubies come in different shades of red, though the most prized rubies are of the brightest reds.

When photographing a jewelry piece to sell online, aim to present it attractively, in a well-lit, close-up and clear photograph. This is extra important because the customer can not handle jewelry with an online transaction. Ensure the focus of your pictures is the piece itself.

TIP! It is becoming increasingly popular to wear silver and gold jewelry at the same time. When you want to create this look, wear at least one jewelry piece that weaves the two colors together.

Look at a lot of different pieces before settling on a diamond jewelry purchase. No two diamonds are exactly the same, each will have different flaws. Once you see the diamond up close and look it over, some of the flaws may not be as critical as you once thought. Every jeweler is able to price point differently, depending on the flaw. It will pay to shop different jewelers while looking for the best diamond in your price range.

Expensive Pieces

TIP! Give your beloved a beautiful item of jewelry to express your love. Many women love surprise gifts, especially ones that glitter.

A strong clasp is essential to any necklace or bracelet. Weak clasps put your expensive pieces of jewelry at risk of loss. You can purchase a safety clasp to secure expensive pieces of jewelry. For very expensive items, some consumers choose to increase security with an additional clasp or two.

TIP! If you have a good piece of jewelry that you wish to sell, think about taking it to an appraiser or a gemologist. Having an accurate price on your jewelry will allow you to refuse offers that are too low when you are selling.

Take your jewelry off before you go swimming. The chlorine in swimming pools can ruin a piece of jewelry. Salt water is just as bad as chlorinated water. Your jewelry will last longer and stay more lustrous if you remember to take it off before getting into the water.

TIP! If you are seeking a grand diamond effect in your ring, an illusion setting may be a great option. An illusion setting is created by using a mirrored plate placed on your ring prior to the diamond being set.

Don’t buy a piece of jewelry based solely on the brand. Almost no one will be able to identify the maker of your jewelry. Don’t be persuaded to pay more for a piece of jewelry simply because of its brand name. You can find fabulous quality from various brands.

TIP! Be sure to always plug your drain before you clean your jewelry in a sink. Soap-covered jewelry can be slippery, and if the drain is open, you may end up losing a precious item of jewelry.

Long chains can be shortened and the excess metal can be sold for a profit. All it takes is clipping off any excess material, usually only a few inches. You will still keep your piece intact so you can wear it. With real gold and several chains, you could shorten the pieces to get hundreds of dollars.

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Jewelry that is taken care of is extremely valuable both in monetary worth and sentimental value. If you know how to properly care for your jewelery, you will be taking care of memories you will have for many years. There is more to it than what you’ve read here, and continuing to learn can help you mazimize the wear and value of all your jewelry pieces for years to come.