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TIP! Your jewlery needs to be kept in a place where it is protected from air and humidity. Some good examples of proper storage would be,a jewelry box that is closed, or a small draw string bag.

You will need to have an understanding of how the selling and buying of jewelry works before you jump into the field yourself. Sometimes you may be lost about where to begin.

TIP! When you are shopping for jewelry in sterling silver, be sure to examine the piece closely, and take along a magnet for metal testing. To spot scams, see if the magnet attracts the piece.

Find out more about the gems you look at. Ask about where they came from and to which category they belong. Natural gems and imitation gems have been joined recently by synthetic gems, making three main categories. While natural and synthetic stones are the real deal, imitation stones are made to look like a real gemstone, but could be anything from colored glass to plastic. Natural stones are mined, and synthetic stones are created in a laboratory.

TIP! You need to know the type of gem that you are purchasing. Gemstones now come in natural as well as synthetic and imitation types.

Your jewelry should endure an entire lifetime. It is important to invest in a quality piece of jewelry, so only work with respected and reputable jewelers. A truly high-quality piece is one that is well-constructed and of superior workmanship. The jeweler will be able to provide a complete history of the piece of jewelry, including who made it, and exactly where the stones originated. Unless you purchase jewelry that is of high-quality, the piece is not likely to last a lifetime.

TIP! When you are shopping for diamonds, there are ways to compare the stones. Look at what you want very closely, and keep that in mind so you can compare it with other diamonds you look at.

When you are shopping for a diamond, make sure to shop around and compare. Take a look at the diamonds up close, then put it next to other pieces you are interested in. You should be aware that there are many deceptive people trying to sell jewelry; therefore, it is essential to learn and understand what is involved when selecting a new diamond.

TIP! Ask about insurance from your jeweler before purchasing a new piece. Then, if something actually happens to the jewelry, you can return it or have it repaired.

Before purchasing a new pieces, look at the latest jewelry trends. If there is one thing better than a beautiful piece of jewelry, it’s finding that jewelry at a great price!

TIP! If you want to collect costume jewelry, concentrate on getting quality peices. This type of jewelry can be extremely expensive and makes an incredible investment.

Inquire about insurance for your jewelry when you purchase it from a jeweler. If your jewelry gets damaged or broken, you can come back to the store and have it repaired or replaced. You can even find insurance on jewelry pieces that were stolen or misplaced.

Costume Jewelry

TIP! The brooch adds a unique touch and a bit of your style to your outfit. Try pinning it at the center of your waist or near your hip.

Special care is required for costume jewelry. Many costume jewelry pieces are glued rather than set. Don’t immerse costume jewelry in water, and never wash costume jewelery pieces with harsh chemicals. Wiping your jewelry off with with a slightly dampened cloth and then wiping it dry is usually sufficient to keep it clean. This will ensure that your costume jewelry looks perfect.

Accent a belt with a brooch to add more visual interest instantly. Place the broach in the middle of your waist for the best effect.

TIP! The cut of the diamond and its clarity can be more appealing than its size. Also, bear in mind the style of the intended recipient.

To maintain the shine and finish on your jewelry, do not put it on until you’ve done your hair and makeup. The sparkle of a piece of jewelry is a magnet for loose or wet makeup, which will leave it tarnished and dingy. It is especially important to follow this tip for necklaces and earrings.

The shape and shine of a diamond means more than the size. You must also consider the personality and preferences of the gift recipient.

This applies to dry and steam-filled saunas. Many types of jewelry will suffer damage if they are exposed to extreme heat and humidity.

TIP! Remove your jewelery prior to swimming. Chlorine in pools will damage your pieces causing them to lose their luster.

It is important to visit different jewelers and examine multiple pieces when shopping for diamond jewelry. No diamond is without its flaws, and every piece is unique. Once you see the diamond up close and look it over, some of the flaws may not be as critical as you once thought. Furthermore, jewelers may be willing to extend a discount to compensate for certain types of flaws. Shop several different jewelers to find the ideal diamond in your price range.

TIP! If you plan to invest a great deal of money in a piece of jewelry, opt for a piece that will last many years. You should be getting a quality item because of the price, but make sure you select something that will not go out of style.

Bracelets and necklaces must have a good, secure clasp. A flimsy clasp could result in lost jewelry. For especially valuable necklaces and bracelets, adding a safety clasp to the piece is a good way to safeguard them. If there is a piece that you simply cannot afford to lose, try an additional clasp for added safety.

TIP! These days of sky-high gold prices makes buying gold jewelry an expensive proposition. It is possible to save extra money when you compromise on karats, if gold necklaces or rings are what your heart truly desires.

Don’t swim while wearing your jewelry. The life and luster of your jewelry can be damaged by the strong chemical chlorine. The cumulative effects of salt water can affect jewelery just as badly. To safeguard your valuable jewelry, set it aside in a safe place before you go in for a swim.

TIP! Onyx items, or those made of crystal, make quite the impact when worn in a jewelry piece. By being nicer to your wallet, you may get better results.

When you are making a serious, high-dollar jewelry purchase, make sure that you can get years of use out of it. The more expensive a piece of jewelry is usually means it is higher quality. When selecting a piece, also consider the various styles available. Something that is cool and trendy now might not look so stylish in a couple of years. Look into buying something that will not go out of style.

TIP! Presentation is important, just as much to you when you are selling home-made jewelry at a craft sale or flea market as it is to a posh jewelry store. Always try to be as creative as possible, as this will draw the most eyes to your display.

It is important to stick to your designated budget when you are out jewelry shopping. Buying expensive jewelry and incurring debt just so you can wear the jewelry occasionally isn’t a smart financial decision. A young couple just starting out may need to buy a less expensive ring and upgrade later. Once they have established themselves financially, they may choose to update the piece to increase its value.

TIP! Rubies have been a popular stone for a long time for good reason. You can find rubies in all nuances of red, from pale rose to deeper shades or almost brown.

To maintain the integrity of the setting, only use a slightly damp cloth to gently clean the piece. Then polish the entire jewelry piece with a dry, soft cloth. Avoid using steam cleaners or harsh chemicals with fashion or costume jewelry.

TIP! When cleaning your costume jewelry, avoid damaging the setting by using a damp cloth to wipe the surface the jewelry. Then pat the piece with a soft clothe to dry the piece adequately.

When choosing jewelry to wear with your outfit, think about the purpose you want the jewelry to serve. Do you want your jewelry to be the centerpiece or just an embellishment for a fantastic overall ensemble?

TIP! Used jewelry often provides a better cost-benefit than new pieces. If cared for properly, these accessories should look just as stunning, yet have a much lower price-tag.

This article has now showed you how important it is to put effort into your research, when looking to buy or sell any jewelry. Add these tips to your arsenal of knowledge to make more informed choices with your own jewelry.