Jewelry Tips and Suggestions

Some jewelry is worth a lot of money because of the type of material it’s made out of or the history of its past owners. Don’t let a fun, exciting trip to the jewelry store become stressful if your favorite pieces’ price tags far exceed the amount you can afford to pay for them. Depending on the material a piece of jewelry is made of, the price varies greatly for each piece. An inexperienced jewelry shopper might end up paying too much. Use this advice to make the most of your next jewelry purchase.

Don’t use things that contain harsh chemicals like bleach, ammonia, acetone or turpentine, to clean your jewelry. Doing so can damage the shine and luster of the stones on your favorite pieces.

Ensure you are certain how to keep your jewelery in one place so it is not damaged. The right jewelry box that has separate compartments, hooks and holders to keep the pieces apart is the best choice. Avoid simply piling them on top of each other in a box. Heavy pieces should not be placed in the same compartment with fragile pieces.

Store your jewelry in a place that is not subjected to humidity extremes or open air. For maximum protection you can choose to store them inside of a small drawstring or a closed jewelry box. Humidity and air tends to cause precious and non-precious metals to tarnish. Precious metals are able to be polished and retain their luster, but the non-precious metals have a coat, and polishing will cause the metal under it to show through.

What color gold do they seem to favor – white or yellow? Do they normally wear a bracelet? What type of earrings do they prefer – drop and dangle or studs? Take a mental note of this important information. This information will allow you to purchase that special piece that they will treasure for life.

If you want to maintain the look of your jewelry, you should prevent it from becoming tarnished. Never wear your jewelry when you are going to be near water. Many of the metals become tarnished, rusty or dull when they get exposed to the elements of water. It is wise to place a single coat of transparent nail lacquer on jewelry in order to protect it.

This jewelry common sense applies to everything from rings to watches to cufflinks, use it wisely. Use this advice to become a savvier jewelry shopper and owner.