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TIP! Don’t clean your jewelry in harsh household chemicals like ammonia, bleach or turpentine. This will result in damage to both the stones and the metal of the piece.

The idea behind jewelery is almost as wonderful as wearing it. 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! When you purchase jewelery ensure you know what you are buying. A stone may be natural, synthetic or imitation.

Try cleaning your jewelry collection with a polishing cloth. This is a natural way to shine all of your jewelry without relying on abrasives or other harsh chemicals. Simply use the two-sided polishing cloth to polish your jewelry the same way you would polish a glass. One side is designed to polish, and the other is used to make the piece shine.

TIP! Take note of whether they wear hoop earrings or studs, yellow gold or white gold, an ankle bracelet, etc. Once you are aware of their preferences, you will be in a better position to determine what to buy them.

Make sure you organize your jewelry properly. Jewelry should be stored in an organized way in a box, a jewelry holder or hung on hooks. Avoid just throwing them into a box in an unorganized manner. This can damage fragile, delicate jewelry, and necklaces can become very tangled in other jewelry pieces.

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A piece of jewelry should be long lasting. Choose reputable jewelry dealers when considering your next jewelry purchase. High-quality jewelry items will have superior craftsmanship and pleasing, aesthetic designs. Your jeweler should have all the information on the piece, including where it came from and who created it. When you are looking for jewelry of the highest quality, it is important to be careful in your choice, as you want something that will last a lifetime.

TIP! Prevent your jewelry from tarnishing so that it keeps looking great. For example, avoid taking your jewelry somewhere it can get wet.

Compare lots of diamonds before you settle on one to buy. Get up close to inspect the diamond carefully. Make a comparison with other pieces you have looked at. However, be mindful that there are fraudulent ways to make the diamond look better than it is.

Costume Jewelry

TIP! Remember that even costume jewelry needs careful attention. Many costume jewelry pieces are glued rather than set.

Look at the condition of costume jewelry before making a purchase. Even though it is not as expensive as its precious counterpart, costume jewelry represents a significant investment, one that can be lost if the pieces are allowed to get worn and broken. A good piece will give you many years of happiness and even gain value over time.

TIP! Many people find it hard to shop for unique individuals. The trick is picking something unique for them, maybe something made just for them.

One way to ensure that your jewelry stays clean is to put it only after you have applied your make-up and it has had time to set. Any kind of spare dust or oil will attach itself to your jewelry, so putting it on before makeup will just make it look a little dirty. It is especially important to follow this tip for necklaces and earrings.

TIP! You should try to find out whether a gemstone was treated prior to purchasing it. If it was treated, you should discover the way it was treated.

Before you buy any gemstone, determine what, if any, treatment it received. Different treatments require different types of care. Applying the wrong chemical when cleaning a gemstone can cause the protective treatment to dissolve, and damage the appearance of the gem.

TIP! When you are purchasing diamonds, do some shopping around. Every diamond is unique and they all have slight imperfections.

Have a purpose in mind for a piece of jewelry before you buy it. Having a lot of never worn jewelry is not necessary. As you shop for jewelry, try to envision whether you can see yourself wearing a piece with your current wardrobe.

TIP! Every necklace, bracelet or anklet can benefit from a quality clasp. If your chains and pendants with costly gems do not have secure clasps, you may lose them.

Do not swim while wearing jewelry. The chlorine in pool water will corrode your jewelry and remove its shine. Salt water is equally as bad for your jewelry. To extend the life of your jewelry, and protect the beauty, take off all jewelry before going into the water.

TIP! When investing in a costly item from the jewelry department, choose wisely and select something you will use for years to come. Most expensive pieces are of good quality so you don’t have to worry too much about that.

Use decorative robe hooks to prevent your necklaces from becoming tangled and knotted. Organize these hooks in a row and use them to keep your necklaces free-hanging and untangled. You can group them by style, length or other criteria. This will avoid ever having to untangle balls of necklaces in your jewelry box again. Also, the necklaces will look nice hanging up.

TIP! You can earn a little cash from your solid gold necklaces and bracelet without selling them. By removing several inches of excess material, you will be able to sell a small amount of gold while still having enough of the piece to wear.

Brand should not be the only consideration when purchasing jewelry. It will be difficult for others to tell where you purchased an item, and if you’re only buying something because of the name, it could very well be overpriced. It is not difficult to find quality jewelry that is made by different brands.

TIP! If you choose a big, elaborately detailed piece of jewelry, pair it with simple clothing. Wear a solid color or the “little black dress” to highlight interesting pieces.

These days of sky-high gold prices makes buying gold jewelry an expensive proposition. If you’re not willing to settle for anything less than gold, by being willing to compromise on karats, you can save some money. 18 karat pieces are made up of at least 75% pure gold. This is considered to be the best combination of price and quality.

TIP! Alexandrite is a beautiful stone that is often overlooked for jewelry. Ambient lighting determines this gemstones color.

You can make money with your gold bracelets and necklaces. The best part, though, is you still get to keep the pieces. Merely cut a few extra inches off the piece, and sell the excess; you can still own and wear the rest. You could make hundreds by shortening the chains of your necklaces, provided they are made of real gold.

Onyx and crystal can be wonderful jewelry options. Give your wallet a break and look good at the same time.

Pair large, gaudy jewelry with quiet, simple outfits. Instead, allow your jewelry to remain the focal point by pairing it with solid colors and classic lines.

TIP! Buying jewelry that is used can be extremely cost effective. Most of the time, these pieces of jewelry can be as good as the brand new pieces, and they’re usually much cheaper.

A most commonly chosen stone used in jewelry is the ruby. A true ruby will always be red. However, there are a number of different red tints that are cherished in rubies. Choose from rosy pinks, vivid claret, deep maroon and many other gradations in between. In addition, they’re very durable and can resist various chemicals. They make a great choice for jewelry due to its strength and beauty.

Jewelry Symbolizes

TIP! When you and your partner are looking at engagement rings, make sure that the ring is cut in a style that will reflect your lives. Your ring should closely mirror your partner’s style; it should symbolize your relationship with one another.

To most people, jewelry symbolizes more than just a monetary investment, it symbolizes a memory which is truly priceless. Whether your jewelry symbolizes happiness from the past or hopes for great times in the future, every piece of jewelry is linked to human emotion.