Many people feel overwhelmed when they are buying jewelry for the first time. They know that it is an investment and want to make sure that they are paying a fair price and getting a quality piece of jewelry. You will also need to know the basics of matching jewelry to clothing, as well as care and maintenance. The following tips will help you out.
Don’t use toothpaste to clean your jewelry. There are countless websites out there claiming that toothpaste is a great way to clean jewelry. Fine jewelers will tell you otherwise. The abrasives in toothpaste can damage the surface of metal and will permanently ruin soft stones such as turquoise, amber and lapis.
If available during jewelry purchase, make sure you invest a few dollars extra in a warranty or protection plan. Fancier jewelry that contains gemstones or needs extra care usually comes with a protection plan for years that you can obtain from the store you purchased your jewelry piece from. Such plans may only cost about $10 more, but can be worth a lot to you in the long run.
To keep jewelry safe, avoid putting it all in a jewelry box that sits out as a decorative piece in your home. Nothing says, “Come grab me, I am filled with expensive stuff!”� to thieves quite like a displayed jewelry box. If you want more access to your jewelry than a safety deposit box allows, and a professionally installed wall safe isn’t an option, get creative and hide your jewelry within objects not likely to even be touched by thieves. Air-tight containers can be be tucked inside plant pots or diaper pails, hollow out a book to form a secret compartment, or stash a small case at the bottom of a box of tampons! You need to think like a thief to avoid being taken advantage by a thief.
When it comes to purchasing jewelry, try to look for pieces that can be worn in multiple ways. This will maximize the usability of your investment. Many jewelry items can be used for different styles, depending on how it is worn or what is used to compliment it.
Don’t let jewelry store clerks talk you into open a store credit card with them. Most of the time this is a just a scam to get you to sign up for their credit card and pay outrageous amounts of money for a piece of jewelry that probably isn’t high quality. Purchase jewelry that you can afford and don’t fall into debt for just a piece of adornment.
A great tip that can prevent you from losing your jewelry is to make sure you take off your jewelry before you go to sleep. Going to sleep with your jewelry on is a surefire way to lose it. Jewelry will typically just get lost in the sheets.
Now that you have some tips to follow when buying and caring for jewelry you should feel confident and ready to find a great piece of jewelry. You can use the tips provided to find and maintain a lovely piece of jewelry that is affordable and well crafted.