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TIP! Having a good eye to catch the details, and a magnet, are key when you are considering the purchase of any type of 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.

If you are shopping for a very costly piece of jewelry, and want to make a worthwhile investment, it can be kind of stressful, but you can make it fun. There are dozens of types of materials that are used to make different pieces of jewelry, and they each come with a different price tag. An uneducated customer might pay too much. This article will show you how to make your jewelry purchases wisely.

TIP! Jewelry should last for years to come. When buying jewelry, only buy from dealers with good reputations, so that you don’t buy a piece that seems durable, but really isn’t.

Avoid using harmful substances like bleach, ammonia, acetone, turpentine and the like to clean them. These chemicals can wreak havoc on your jewelry, from discoloring bands, to dulling stones, to eroding enamel or glue.

TIP! Pay close attention to the design and style of their earrings, which may be hoops, gauges, studs, or something new. He or she may also have a preference towards gold, silver, or a different material.

Be sure that you store all of your jewelry safely away from air and humidity. Keep them stored safely in a closed, dark area, like a jewelry box or drawstring bag. Air and humidity will make the metals in jewelry tarnish. It is possible to polish precious metals, but polishing non-precious metals will damage the coating, which makes the copper that metal was covering show.

Sterling Silver

TIP! To help maintain its appearance, take good care of it to keep it from getting tarnished. Don’t wear jewelry near water.

Bring a magnet when shopping for sterling silver jewelery. Magnets attract non-precious metals, and you can use this fact to detect fakes. You can recognize sterling silver by stamps that say ‘.925’ or ‘ster’. If a particular piece is not stamped, you should be cautious of its authenticity.

TIP! Wear the jewelry around for a day or so to be sure that it fits right and is comfortable. It will also allow you to test the piece’s durability.

Do some research on the gem in your new piece of jewelry before you buy. You have three options as far as the type of gem: natural, imitation and synthetic. Imitation gems are made out of glass or plastic; natural and synthetic gems both consist of real gemstone. Natural gems are those that are actually from the earth, whereas synthetic ones are made in labs.

TIP! To maintain the shine and finish on your jewelry, do not put it on until you’ve done your hair and makeup. The grime and dust in makeup are attracted to the jewelry, and if you put on the jewelry before the cosmetics, it can cause the pieces to look dull.

Have shopping companions when you shop for diamonds. Look at the pieces up close before purchasing them, and be sure to compare them to others. Be aware that some dealers will use cheap tactics to make a diamond look better than it is.

TIP! Before you purchase gemstone jewelry, you should first determine if and how the stone was treated. The type of care required will differ depending on the kind of treatment.

Prevent your jewelry from tarnishing so that it keeps looking great. Don’t wear jewelry near water. Water can cause some metals to lose their luster or to become tarnished or rusty. You can give your jewelry an additional layer of protection by applying a thin coat of clear nail polish to it.

Costume Jewelry

TIP! A diamond with brilliant clarity and a perfect cut can be more attractive, not to mention more valuable, than a stone that is larger but flawed. Remember to think about the personality and style of the woman you’re getting the diamond for.

Special care is required for costume jewelry. Many pieces of costume jewelry have the stones glued on, for example. Avoid using harsh chemicals on these pieces, and do not immerse them. To properly care for it you need to use a cloth dampened with warm water. After wiping make sure to use another cloth to thoroughly dry it. Done regularly, this process will keep your costume jewelry looking great.

TIP! That includes dry or steam saunas. The moisture and high temperatures in saunas can do real damage to your jewelry.

If your “giftee” is a unique person, try finding a special piece that is crafted specifically for them. An item that highlights their personality indicates that you put time and effort into the purchase, which is what you should convey when giving jewelry to someone.

TIP! Don’t buy a piece of jewelry based solely on the brand. Not only is most jewelry not brand-recognizable, but you are also going to pay more just for the name.

Determine whether or not your stone received a treatment, and what kind, prior to purchasing it. The various treatments that gems are given means that they need to be cared for differently. For example, improper cleaning with the wrong method may damage the stone by stripping the treatment.

TIP! 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. Cut off some of the excess, making certain that it still fits, and you will have something to sell and still be able to use the jewelry as well.

Take your jewelry off before you go swimming. The chlorine in swimming pools can ruin a piece of jewelry. In the same way, salt water can have the same effects to jewelry over time. Removing pieces before heading into the water will extend their life and protect their beauty.

TIP! Crystal or onyx stones both stand out and make bold statements. Be kinder to your wallet and you’ll probably like the results.

When you set out to buy jewelry, buy a piece because you love it, not because of who makes it. Not many people will be familiar with the brand, and if you allowed yourself to be persuaded by the jeweler to buy that brand, you more than likely paid far too much for the piece. You’ll be able to find high-quality jewelry from any number of brands.

Gold Necklaces

TIP! An extremely popular jewelry stone is the ruby. Rubies have an intriguing range of beautiful shades of red, maroon and rose.

It is possible to make money while keeping your pieces when it comes to jewelry like bracelets and gold necklaces. A few inches clipped off the end of the chain can be valuable, but still leaves you with a usable piece. With real gold necklaces and bracelets, you can pull in hundreds by just clipping off parts that no one notices anyway.

TIP! It’s a real challenge to pick out a natural ruby or sapphire from an artificial one. Lab created stones are beautiful and are made in a lab which makes them much cheaper than natural gems that are mined out of the earth.

It can be hard to tell the difference between natural and lab grown sapphires and rubies. The ones grown in a lab are exactly the same and cost way less. A jeweler can fraudulently claim a sapphire is natural, but you won’t know for sure unless you have it examined by a gemologist.

TIP! Alexandrite has a lot of encouraging qualities, but does not get as much press as other stones. This stone will change colors from green to purple, depending on the sun and temperature.

Have a budget, and stick to it when purchasing jewelry. No piece of jewelry is worth going into debt over. If you are young and money is an issue, select a less expensive ring to start with. Then, later in life, when they are more financially secure, they can splurge on a fancy ring.

TIP! Gently rub the piece with a damp cloth, to keep the setting’s integrity. Then pat the piece with a soft clothe to dry the piece adequately.

To keep the setting strong, use a cloth that is slightly damp to safely clean the piece. Afterwards, dry the whole piece with a soft cloth. Avoid exposing your jewelery to chemicals, water or steam cleaners.

TIP! Before you sell an expensive piece of jewelry, take it to a qualified appraiser or gemologist in your area. Not only does this give you a clear idea of your jewelry’s value, but it also assures potential buyers of the legitimacy of your asking price.

Necklaces that you received when you were younger can be mixed with modern pieces, for a look that isn’t dated. If you are wearing a bunch of necklaces, try layering a simple pendant, like a heart or cross, with more complex pieces that are made of similar materials or similar in color.

TIP! Purchasing pre-owned or second-hand jewelry can save you a lot of money. Many times you can find pieces that are in new condition, and the price will be much more reasonable.

Utilize the advice in this article so you can make the right choice next time you buy jewelry. Not only are you going to save yourself some time, but you also are going to save quite a few dollars by following the tips and tricks in this article.