Make Your Jewelry Work For You

It takes some know-how to choose the best jewelry pieces. Sometimes you may be lost about where to begin.

Find out more about the gems you look at. Ask about where they came from and to which category they belong. Three different kinds of gems are available for purchase: imitation, synthetic and natural. Natural stones and synthetic gems are both real, but imitation gems are probably just colored glass or plastic. Natural stones are found in mines, while synthetic stones are produced by machines.

Comparison shopping is a must when shopping for diamonds. See what you like up close, and then compare it to other pieces that you look at. Keep an eye out for deceptive tricks to cause you to think a diamond is better than it actually is.

Take note of whether they wear hoop earrings or studs, yellow gold or white gold, an ankle bracelet, etc. This will give you a good idea of where to start when purchasing that special item.

You want to ensure that your jewelry always looks its best so do everything you can to stop it from tarnishing. If possible, remove your jewelry if you are around water. Many of the metals become tarnished, rusty or dull when they get exposed to the elements of water. Clear nail polish, applied in a thin coat, can give jewelry some added protection.

It’s great that you love costume jewelry, but make sure you evaluate the condition of any piece you plan to buy. Even though it is not as expensive as its precious counterpart, costume jewelry represents a significant investment, one that can be lost if the pieces are allowed to get worn and broken. Maintaining a piece of costume jewelry’s condition preserves the beauty and value that attracted you in the first place.

As you can see, it does indeed require some knowledge and effort for both the buying and selling of jewelry. Keeping the aforementioned tips in mind, you are well on your way to being successful with them.