How To Get The Perfect Jewelry Out There
If you are looking to find jewelry to compliment your clothing, there are several easy ways to figure out what will work and what won't. Check out the following tips on how to combine jewelry with clothing and how to shop around for pieces of jewelry that you will love wearing.
If you are on a limited budget when shopping for jewelry, be sure to check out items constructed from less popular precious metals and gem stones. Sliver, gold, diamonds and pearls are other very expensive because they are the most desirable pieces. By being open to less mainstream jewelry pieces you could acquire an equally beautiful, valuable piece of jewelry for a lower price.
Even though some people use toothpaste to clean their gold, silver or gemstones, jewelers do not recommend this practice. The abrasives in toothpaste can scratch the surface of precious metals and gemstones. To restore the jewelry back to its original, unscratched condition will require buffing and refinishing by a professional fine jeweler.
A quick and easy way to update a favorite pendant is to slip it onto a new chain. If you are worried about finding a metal chain that matches your pendant, you can also slip it onto a cord of leather or a pretty stretch of ribbon for a more casual look.
Always check the location of your seller if you decide to purchase jewelry online. If the seller is located in China, Asia, India, or Thailand you should get an independent appraisal, chances are very good that you have paid too much for what you have purchased. Depending on the conditions of the sale, you may or may not have any recourse to get your money back.
To get a better price on jewelry, do not be afraid to haggle. Both independent and chain jewelry stores have a surprising amount of leeway when it comes to prices on signature pieces. This is especially true if you are looking at a piece that has already been marked down.
If you don't have any jewelry cleaner handy, try using toothpaste with baking soda to help clean tarnish off of your sterling or pure silver jewelry. Just rub the toothpaste on the tarnished area with a soft cloth and clean off. Make sure to dry the jewelry to prevent future tarnishing.
To get the most bang for your buck when buying silver jewelry, know what each designation means. For example, silver that bears a “925” stamp is 92.5% silver. Meanwhile, jewelry marked “fine silver” contains 99.9% silver. The higher the silver content, the more likely your jewelry is to retain its value.
If you are very passionate about jewelry and are looking to see some of the most exquisite pieces that exist, take a look at the jewels that are held in local museums and if you are close enough to New York City or Washington DC, check out the exhibits and auctions. You will be fascinated.
Jewelry can make or break an outfit. Choosing a piece that is too gaudy can ruin a nice ensemble, and having something too understated can risk it being overlooked altogether. Following a few simple rules of fashion can ensure you don't make any glaring mistakes when you need to look good.