Whether you buy jewelry for yourself or loved ones, get it as a gift or receive valuable heirloom pieces, you need to know how to buy, sell and care for jewelry responsibly. This article will give you the tips and tricks that you need to get the most from the money and time you devote to jewelry.
Jewelry should be stored in an air-tight and humid free area. To maximize protection, put your jewelry in a jewelry box or a small drawstring bag. When non-precious and precious metals are expose to air and humidity, they tend to tarnish. Polishing will work to restore the color and shine for precious metals, but with non-precious metals, polishing will not help the change in color.
If you can prevent your jewelry from tarnishing, it will surely look much more attractive. Never wear your jewelry when you are going to be near water. Exposure can result in tarnishing, rusting or dulling of different metals. Clear nail polish can be used to protect your jewelry if you apply a very thin coat of it on your pieces.
Costume jewelry needs to be handled and stored delicately. Many pieces of costume jewelry have the stones glued on, for example. Avoid using harsh chemicals on these pieces, and do not immerse them. To properly care for it you need to use a cloth dampened with warm water. After wiping make sure to use another cloth to thoroughly dry it. This keeps costume jewelry looking its best.
Properly-maintained jewelry is very valuable, not just financially but also sentimentally. You can protect your jewelry by understanding how to care for your jewelry. There is more to it than what you’ve read here, and continuing to learn can help you mazimize the wear and value of all your jewelry pieces for years to come.