There are many different designs, colors, and materials available for jewelry, and it can be overwhelming at times. Below you will find tips to guide you in choosing pieces of jewelry you are guaranteed to cherish forever.
Don’t use acetone, bleach, ammonia or turpentine to clean copper. This can cause the stones to lose their luster in addition to eating away the enamel on any of the pieces.
When you are shopping for jewelry in sterling silver, be sure to examine the piece closely, and take along a magnet for metal testing. Jewelry made with non-precious metals will be attracted to the magnet, revealing any fakes. You will always find a hallmark stamp such as “.925” or “STER.” on genuine sterling, or alternately, it might simply say, “STERLING”. If a particular piece is not stamped, you should be cautious of its authenticity.
Before buying a new item of jewelry, do a little research on recent trends. Getting a nice piece of jewelry is good, but getting it at a discount is even better.
You will need to take special care when you are buying costume jewelery! Costume jewelry is often put together using glue and other adhesives, unlike stoned that are set using metal. Costume jewelry should never be submerged in liquid, nor cleaned with chemicals. Wiping your jewelry off with with a slightly dampened cloth and then wiping it dry is usually sufficient to keep it clean. This helps keep costume jewelry looking sparkling clean and new.
The tips above have hopefully cleared up some of the questions you have about jewelry. It should help you pick out just the right piece. There is a vast array of jewelry pieces available making it a bit of a challenge to select, give or care for one properly. Reading up on jewelry is a useful way to spend a little time educating yourself.