Have you ever looked in the mirror early in the morning, and then felt like something was amiss? Everything you’re wearing matches, you hair is nicely styled, and you’ve even got two shoes on your feet, but it just feels like you’re lacking that finishing touch. You are missing that finishing touch, which is jewelry. You do not need to wear a lot of jewelry to stylize your outfit. Sometimes a simple piece of jewelry is enough to change the overall look of your outfit.
Keep your jewelry in a relatively air-tight container, and minimize its exposure to humidity. Store jewelry in a sealed box or drawstring pouch for the best protection. Humidity and air tends to cause precious and non-precious metals to tarnish. Precious metals, through some work and polish, can be restored to their original condition. Non-precious metals are coated, which means that polishing will allow copper metal to come through.
Protect yourself when purchasing diamonds by keeping written documents of your purchases as proof. This is the only way that you can prove the 4 C’s you were guaranteed when you purchased the piece or stone. Treat your sales receipts and appraisals as contracts of what you can expect from your purchase, especially if they are not up to the quality you were guaranteed.
If you’re trying to buy a diamond on a budget, look for one that has slight inclusions and is a less than perfect color of white. Often times, you cannot even see the inclusions and “off” color with the naked eye, but it can save you hundreds or thousands on the price of the stone.
Check for wear and damage in every piece you buy. Spending money on jewelry can be a worthy investment, but if the item you invest in is not in good condition, you will be wasting your money. Thoroughly examine each piece to be sure your investments are truly worth the money.
Know what you are looking for, when you first get to the store. If you are well-prepared for your visit to the jeweler, you will be less likely to make impulse purchases should the opportunity arise. Have a plan and stick to it, to make sure you stay in budget and on track.
Take the time to compare your options when shopping for diamonds. Every diamond is uniquely different from another, and they each have their own flaws. Once you see a diamond yourself, certain flaws will be less of a concern to you. Furthermore, jewelers may be willing to extend a discount to compensate for certain types of flaws. Shop around and find the best diamond you can for the price you can afford.
Jewelry should be stored in an air-tight and humid free area. To keep your jewelry properly protected, store it in a drawstring bag or jewelry box. Air and humidity can tarnish metals of all types. Precious metals are capable of being polished until they are like new, while non-precious metals will not be able to be saved. This is because the non-precious metals are simple copper metal coated with the covering of precious metals, and when polished, they will allow the copper to show through.
Store your jewelry in felt. It is always annoying when a piece of your favorite jewelry starts to tarnish. To keep it from tarnishing, just make sure you store it properly. Use a felt bag or even a jewelry box lined with felt. It will help to keep the jewelry from tarnishing.
It is sometimes hard to stand out from the crowd or find a meaningful piece of jewelry. Jewelry stores usually sell the same type of designs that prove to be a bore after a while. Go bold and purchase handmade artisan jewelry instead. Handmade jewelry will always be a success due to its one-of-a-kind nature. You will never see anyone else wearing the same thing as you and you will also be supporting an artist instead of an import company relying on low wage labor.
Look for jewelry stores that are accredited members of the Gemological Institute of America, or GIA, as well as the Jewelers of America. You are assured the best quality at the lowest price by stores with these certifications. You will find these certifications held by most big chain type outfits.
Jewelry can really put an outfit together. There are many types and styles of pieces that can make you appear fun, classy, or professional. When you’re ready to step out, adorn yourself with some jewelry to make sure you look your best.