When you are buying or selling precious jewelry, doing your homework can have its benefits. With all the information that you need, it can be tough to know where to start.
You can keep the jewelry in your collection sparkling by using a special polishing cloth. This is a natural way to shine all of your jewelry without relying on abrasives or other harsh chemicals. Use this two-sided cloth on your jewelry as though you were cleaning glass. Use a two-sided cloth to clean your jewelry, one for polishing, and the other for shining.
Don’t use acetone, ammonia, turpentine, bleach, or other harsh chemicals for cleaning them. This can cause your stones to turn and dull in color, along with eating away any enamel on the pieces.
Keep your jewelry in a relatively air-tight container, and minimize its exposure to humidity. Ideally, you should keep them in drawstring bags or in a jewelry box. Certain metals will be tarnished when exposed to humidity or air. You will be able to polish precious metals to remove tarnish, but non-precious metals may lose their coating, showing the copper metal beneath.
When you are purchasing a new piece of jewelry, be aware of the gemstone that it contains and what it is made of. Three different kinds of gems are available for purchase: imitation, synthetic and natural. 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. Synthetic gems are grown in a lab, natural gems are dug out of the Earth.
When you purchase jewelry, you are investing in an item that will last a lifetime. Go to a dealer you can trust to make sure you get a quality item at a fair price. They should show a lot of craftsmanship, as well as be well-made. A jeweler should know about each piece he sells, including the person that made it, the origin of precious stones or other materials and other history, such as previous owners for antique or estate pieces. Making sure that it is high-quality will ensure that it lasts forever.
Notice what type of earrings they are wearing, including the shape and metal. Once you are aware of their preferences, you will be in a better position to determine what to buy them.
Do some research on the best way to clean your particular piece of jewelry. You should know that different materials require different maintenance. A jewelry cleaner that is safe for one type of gemstone may damage another kind. Your jeweler can give you instructions on proper handling if you are not sure.
Keep all of your jewelry cleaner by putting it on only after you have applied all makeup and perfume. Makeup will settle into your jewelry making it look dull and dingy. It is especially important to keep this in mind when putting on earrings and necklaces.
You have seen that the process of buying and selling jewelry will take some effort, work and research so that you will be able to buy the items that you are looking for, or sell your jewelry for a profit. Apply the tips from this article, and you will be successfully buying and selling quality jewelry in no time.