Jewelry is a passionate topic with many people, whether it’s for a person’s loved one or personal use. Given that there is a diverse array of jewelry on the market, and each involves special tips for care and wearing, it is helpful to have a bit of information. Learn how to sort your jewelry for storage.
Don’t use acetone, bleach, ammonia or turpentine to clean copper. Doing so can damage the shine and luster of the stones on your favorite pieces.
Be cautious about your jewelry storage. It is better to use boxes, compartments, holders, and hooks for keeping pieces separate. Avoiding piling your nice jewelry pieces into one big heap in a box. This can harm fragile and fine pieces, along with severely tangling necklaces with other pieces.
Keep your jewelry stored somewhere that is free from humidity or air. A jewelry box or drawstring bag out of a humid area is ideal. Continued exposure to humidity extremes or air causes metals typically used in jewelry to tarnish. You can restore the precious metals back to their former glory, but plated jewelry is different. Trying to polish those pieces can reveal the non-precious metals underneath, such as copper.
Be sure that you understand the kind of gemstone that is in the jewelry that you are purchasing. There are different types of gems, including imitation, natural and lab produced. Natural and synthetic gemstones are both actual gemstones, while an imitation gemstone is just a plastic mold made to look like a gemstone. The difference here, however, is that synthetic is man-made in a laboratory while natural is found buried in the earth.
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. You should be able to notice a quality piece by its craftsmanship. A good jeweler can provide you with some background on the piece, such as who crafted it, where it was manufactured, and where any stones in it came from. A quality item of jewelry will last a lifetime or more, so take the time to do your research.
The price, style, color, material, occasion – there is so much to think about when selecting jewelry that it can easily become overwhelming. With any luck, this article can help with your jewelry questions.