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TIP! For example, you should never use bleach, turpentine, or ammonia on your jewelry. You can turn your stones this way and it will eat away the enamel on the pieces.

There are a lot of things to know about jewelry, whether you are giving it as gift, receiving a gift yourself, or caring for a piece passed down to you. The question is: where do you start? This article will provide you with guidance on researching jewelry, and this information can help you make good purchases.

TIP! Make sure you organize your jewelry properly. It is recommended to separate the items stored by using compartments, boxes, holders and hooks.

Take a polishing cloth to each piece of jewelry in your collection. This will give your jewelry shine and luster without the use of potentially harmful chemicals. Use the dual-sided cloth to gently buff your jewelry as you would a delicate glass. Use the side of the cloth that is designed for polishing to remove fingerprints, dust and other surface imperfections, and then use the opposite side to buff the jewelry and make it gleam.

TIP! Store your jewelry in a place that is not subjected to humidity extremes or open air. To maximize protection, put your jewelry in a jewelry box or a small drawstring bag.

Don’t use things that contain harsh chemicals like bleach, ammonia, acetone or turpentine, to clean your jewelry. Using them may result in damage to your jewelry, may cause dulling of gemstones, and may erode enamel work.

TIP! Make sure you know what kind of gem you are getting when you are buying jewelry. Gems are divided into three main categories: imitation, synthetic and natural.

When you are putting your jewelry away, take care on how it is stored. Consider delegating each piece to its own resting place, utilizing compartmental boxes and storage units. Avoid just throwing them into a box in an unorganized manner. Fragile jewelry could easily be damaged by doing this, not to mention the nuisance of having to untangle necklace chains that could get caught together.

Synthetic Gems

TIP! Pay attention if they usually wear studs or hoop earrings, white gold or yellow, and any other typical jewelry that they wear. This will help you get started in your search for the perfect item of jewelry for your loved one.

Know the type of gem you’re buying, when you buy it. There are basically three distinct types: natural gems, synthetic gems and imitation stones. Imitation gems are made out of glass or plastic; natural and synthetic gems both consist of real gemstone. They make synthetic stones in a lab, whereas natural stones come from the ground.

TIP! Going through a day wearing the jewelry will let you get familiar with how it hangs and whether or not it will be comfortable. This will also help you to determine if the piece is sufficiently durable.

Keep your jewelry pieces looking beautiful by protecting them from tarnish. Jewelry should not be worn near the water. Metals will often tarnish or rust when in contact with water. Clear nail polish, applied in a thin coat, can give jewelry some added protection.

TIP! A brooch is a great accent for your belt, adding eye-catching interest. Pin it in the center of your waist or towards your hip.

Your jewelry will stay cleaner if you wait until after you apply make-up to put it on. Dirt and oil accumulate in the small crevices of jewelry, and can make it look dull and shabby. It is especially important to keep this in mind when putting on earrings and necklaces.

TIP! Your jewelry will stay cleaner if you wait until after you apply make-up to put it on. Jewelry will get grimy from the makeup as you apply it, attracting dirt that will make it look dull.

Always look for discounts if you want jewelery. You can save huge amounts of money if you are savvy. Look for great deals in old-fashioned newspapers, on the Internet, and even at retail stores. 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! When you are interested in buying some jewelery you should expect to find good sales. Finding a store offering extreme markdowns is a way to realize tremendous savings.

Do not buy a piece of jewelery if you are not sure when you are going to wear it. You don’t need a box full of unused jewelry. Think about the outfits you can wear the jewelry with when you are choosing different pieces.

TIP! Untangle knotted necklaces with delicate loops. While it can be frustrating untangling metal necklaces, consider using plastic wrap.

When photographing jewelry for online sale, you need to make the presentation of the piece as attractive as possible. This is very important to remember because the person that may purchase it cannot hold it before purchasing it. Be sure your photographs show good details of the jewelry and few, if any, details of the surroundings.

This goes for any type of sauna, whether it’s the dry type or the steam type. The high levels of moisture and heat are very damaging to the jewelry.

TIP! You will want to purchase jewelry that will have an extended lifespan if you are spending a great deal of money. Consider both style and quality when selecting your next jewelry purchase.

When you want to buy something nice for someone, think about getting them a jewelery set. It is usually quite easy to find a jewelry set at a reasonable price, especially during the holidays. You can easily make that one purchase into two gifts for different occasions by breaking the set up and presenting it to them on the different days. It is an excellent way to know that you have a gift for someone that he or she is sure to love.

TIP! Long chains can be shortened and the excess metal can be sold for a profit. If you feel they are a little too long, just trim them a bit and sell the scraps.

It is crucial that all bracelets and necklaces have good clasps. Without a decent clasp, you risk losing your expensive stones or chains. It is always in your best interest to fit expensive pieces with a safety clasp. Some people choose to use additional safety clasps in order to keep their priceless pieces safe while they have them on.

TIP! Sometimes, you may find difficulty displaying your jewelry properly at a craft sale or flea market. When you are making a jewelery piece keep in mind how you will be displaying it.

Don’t swim while wearing your jewelry. Chlorine in pools will damage your pieces causing them to lose their luster. Salt water can damage them over time too. Taking these off before swimming will protect their beauty and extend their life.

TIP! It can be hard to tell natural rubies and sapphires from artificial ones. The stones are nearly the same, both physically and chemically speaking, but artificial stones are much easier and less expensive to obtain.

If you own gold, whether it’s in the form of bracelets or necklaces, you can keep your pieces and still make money from them. 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.

Onyx and crystal can be wonderful jewelry options. By being nicer to your wallet, you may get better results.

TIP! An illusion setting gives the impression of a big diamond effect with a lot of sparkle. This means a mirroring plate will be placed under the diamond.

When you make jewelry to sell at flea markets, craft sales and holiday sales, you may be at a loss for ways to display it beautifully. When you are making a jewelery piece keep in mind how you will be displaying it. There are many different things that you could use like a cigar-boxes, baskets, different racks or even a wig stand. With a little creativity, any thing can be turned into a jewelry display case.

TIP! Do some research on the price of diamonds before actually going out to shop for the right engagement ring. Diamond shopping may be an emotional endeavor.

Jewelry has many different and interesting aspects. If you research jewelry items carefully, you can be certain that the pieces you purchase are high-quality. Welcome to the exciting world of jewelry! These tips should prove useful for your journey.