TIP! Take a moment to consider how your valuable jewelry is stored and sorted. For best results, separate different pieces into different boxes, compartments or hooks.

Jewelry has been used for an extremely long time and there are countless designs to choose from. Start with our tips, and find jewelry you will treasure and love to wear.

TIP! Jewelry should last a life-time. To ensure you are buying a quality piece, refuse to deal with anybody but the most reputable of jewelers.

Take care to store your jewelry safely. Boxes, holders, compartments, and hooks are all valuable tools for storing jewelry safely. Avoid simply piling them on top of each other in a box. Storing them improperly can damage the fragile pieces, and necklaces can get tangled with other pieces.

TIP! Be sure to pay attention to details like type of metal and shape. By doing this you should have a good idea what to buy them.

When you are shopping for jewelry in sterling silver, be sure to examine the piece closely, and take along a magnet for metal testing. Metals that aren’t precious will connect to the magnet, signaling that it is fake. Sterling silver always has some sort of stamp to indicate it is sterling. If the piece is not hallmarked in any way, be leery of its authenticity because oftentimes it is a sign of a fake.

TIP! Keep your jewelry pieces looking beautiful by protecting them from tarnish. Exposure to water can affect the finish, so avoid it.

Preventing tarnish will keep your jewelry look its best. Avoid wearing your jewelry near water. Water can cause some metals to lose their luster or to become tarnished or rusty. For added protection for your jewelry, try adding a thin coating of clear nail polish.

TIP! Make careful note of the condition of costume jewelry you wish to collect. Costume jewelry, while expensive, can be a great investment.

If you wear the piece for 24 hours, then you can be sure that it has been put together correctly and hangs nicely. You can also make a better estimate of the jewelry’s durability after trying it out.

TIP! Put on the jewelry to see if it hangs correctly, then wear it for a few hours to test the comfort. This also helps you to see its durability.

Consider how you should best clean each piece of your jewelry. Different kinds of jewelery will require you take care of them in different ways. Something that may help one piece of jewelry might hurt another one. Talk with a professional if you aren’t sure what sort of care each jewel requires.

Costume Jewelry

TIP! Apply your makeup before putting on your jewelry. Jewelry can become dirty and dull if you put it on too early, this is because incomplete makeup routines will transfer grime to it.

Take good care of your costume jewelry. A lot of the stones in costume jewelery are glued in and not set in. You will need to avoid immersing your jewelry and make sure to stay away from the use of harsh chemicals. The best way to clean these pieces are to wipe them clean with a damp cloth and dry immediately with another cloth. This will keep any costume jewelry that you have looking great.

TIP! Have a purpose in mind for a piece of jewelry before you buy it. You do not need a huge box of jewelry you will never wear.

If you’re selling jewelry on the Internet, make sure your depiction of the piece is detailed, clear and eye-catching. This is very important because people need to evaluate the jewelry from the picture since they cannot handle it in person. Ensure the focus of your pictures is the piece itself.

TIP! When selling a piece of jewelry online, you should aim to present the piece in an attractive manner. This is very important since customers cannot handle the jewelry in an online transaction.

Buying jewelry in sets is worth considering when you want to give that special someone a gift. You can easily get a set of jewelery at a good price. You can divide up the set into individual pieces and give them out one at a time. This is an excellent way to give something every holiday season without having to worry that you will forget.

TIP! A small but well-cut diamond with high clarity can look nicer than a bigger diamond of lower quality. Also, keep in mind the personality of the person you are giving the diamond to.

It is vitally important that each of your bracelets and necklaces have a strong clasp attached to them. You may end up losing a treasured or costly piece through no fault of your own. You can avoid this by looking at the clasps prior to purchasing new pieces. It is always in your best interest to fit expensive pieces with a safety clasp. You could even have more than one clasp installed on your most prized items.

TIP! It is important to visit different jewelers and examine multiple pieces when shopping for diamond jewelry. Every diamond is unique and has its own set of flaws.

Never rely on brand names to determine the true value of a piece of jewelry. Many designer pieces are of the same quality than other, more affordable baubles. For example, if you opt for a ring from Cartier, you are actually paying more for the name than you are for the piece itself. Remember that there is top-quality jewelry available under any number of different brands.

If you are wearing a simple outfit, wear bigger jewelery. Opt instead for a simple, monotone outfit which will showcase your jewelry.

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. Quality and durability are usually givens when you spend big, but style and fashion also come into play.

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. Whenever you are buying materials for your jewelry, also be on the lookout of a good display as well. All kinds of racks, baskets, cigar-boxes and even oddball things like wig stands can be transformed into jewelry display cases with just a little creativity!

TIP! If you are considering a fine piece of real gold jewelry, you should be prepared to pay a high price. If you are determined to buy real gold, you might have to be flexible on the carats, in order to save money.

Rubies deserve their reputation as a very popular gemstone. Rubies come in different shades of red, though the most prized rubies are of the brightest reds. They can range from pinkish hues to the darkest, blood red colors. Rubies are very resilient and can hold up to a lot of impact and even be okay if they are in chemicals. For a gemstone that is as beautiful as it is strong and storied, rubies cannot be beat.

TIP! It is very difficult to distinguish natural sapphires and rubies from artificial ones. Synthetic stones cost much less than high-quality ones that come from a mine, and their physical and chemical properties are virtually identical.

Many people have started wearing silver jewelry and yellow gold jewelry together. However, you should wear jewelry that has both metals in one piece. If you do not do this, the look will appear tacky and not stylish.

TIP! One of the most beautiful gemstones out there is also one of the most underused: Alexandrite. The color changes range from green to purple, dependent on whether you are inside or out.

Surprise the ones you love with buying them a thoughtful piece of jewelery. Almost all women love to receive jewelry. She gets a new piece of jewelry, and you get the joy of watching her open it with an expression of delight.

TIP! Gently cleaning with a soft damp cloth is the best way to avoid disturbing the setting. After wiping the item clean, wipe it dry with a soft cloth.

You may have necklaces that you wore as a child that you’d still like to use. They’ll look more mature and less dated if you layer them with newer and larger pieces. A single heart or cross pendant, adds a personal touch to a cluster of necklaces whether they share a similar theme, complementary colors, a similar construction material or nothing at all.

TIP! Before putting fine jewelry up for sale, get it professionally appraised by a gemologist. This ensures that have an accurate and substantiated claim of the item’s value, which makes it much easier to determine an appropriate selling price.

The information above will give you guidance for the next time you go out shopping for jewelry. There is such a vast range of jewelry to pick from that it can all be a bit overwhelming. So make sure you do a little homework before you go shopping.

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