Shopping for jewelry can be very exciting. It can also be very expensive. It is best to take some time to learn terms that are used in the jewelry industry in order to make an educated decision. A little research can help you best asses the quality and value of the jewelry you are shopping for regardless of whether you are shopping online, in a catalog or at a store.
Take a look at the jewelry a person already owns to get a feel for what they like. When you select gift jewelry, your intended recipient will appreciate jewelry that suits his or her style and taste. Pieces they already own – and especially ones they wear regularly – will point you in the direction of new jewelry they will love.
Whatever you do, never wear your jewelry when you go swimming. Whether you are swimming in the salty water of an ocean or the chlorine water of a pool, the chemicals and minerals are not good for your jewelry. Not to mention that the small grains of salt in the ocean can quickly scratch your jewelry!
Designer jewelry can be pricey and not affordable to someone on a budget. Luckily, there are quality replicas available, and for a price almost anyone can afford. These replicas resemble the real jewelry but without the huge hit to the wallet. You can have the luxury of wearing it whenever you’d like, instead of just on special occasions. They are truly a fashionable, affordable, alternative to designer name jewelry.
If you want to take care of your jewelry then your best investment will be in a high-quality jewelry box. Choose a box with multiple compartments to make finding jewelry easier and keep it all separate so nothing ends up scratched or tarnished or tangled. The more expensive your jewelry, the better the box should be.
Make sure that you have a silver polishing cloth on hand for your silver jewelry. All silver tarnishes, so a polishing cloth will help you quickly and easily, have your silver jewelry looking like new without having to deal with smelly, messy silver polish. You can buy a polishing cloth for about $5.
Moonstones make a great, easy to care for alternative to more delicate, multicolored stones like opal. The play of color is just as gorgeous, though the background color tends to be very pale white, grey or blue. However, you do not have to worry about the stone cracking from dehydration.
If you are a seller of jewelry, make sure you include some photos of what it should look like when its worn. Jewelry tends to look much different when you actually see it in use versus just sitting on a tabletop. Try getting a photo of a mannequin wearing it or have yourself, your staff or even your customers submit “modeling” photos of the pieces in use. This provides all of your customers a view into how things look with their sizing and how things dangle.
Understanding the terms used to describe jewelry and the processes involved in jewelry making can be invaluable when shopping for jewelry for you or for others. With a little time and research you can become an educated savvy shopper who can identify quality and value when looking for good jewelry pieces.