Jewelry is one of the few things that almost everyone agrees is nice. That being said it is very easy to use jewelry in poor taste or even in a tacky way. This article contains some tips about maintaining and using jewelry properly so that you can avoid faux pas such as these.
Scour flea markets, second hand stores, art galleries or farmer’s markets for fun and unique jewelry. Try not to get it in your head that jewelry has to be brand new to be enjoyed. If your fashion sense is off the beaten path, you will be happier with the random finds you will come across in second hand stores or less traditional places to find jewelry.
Make sure that you remove your jewelry when doing things that could damage it, such as cleaning the house, swimming in a pool or hot tub, even just putting on lotion. Normal cleaners and harsh chemicals can do damage to the finish of your precious metals and loosen the stones.
If your crystal jewelry is losing it’s luster, try simply wiping it with a soft cloth soaked in warm water. If the jewelry is very dirty or grimy, you may need to soak it in warm water, mixed with a small amount of dish soap. A soft toothbrush can the be used to brush away the dirt.
If your jewelry is set in marcasite, clean it by wiping a soft, slightly damp cloth across the stones and the setting. Immediately after, it should be dried thoroughly with a soft microfiber cloth. Avoid exposing the stones to harsh chemical jewelry cleaners, hot water, or steam cleaners.
Sometimes your jewelry is set in a material called gleaming marcasite. This type of setting should be cleaned by wiping a soft, slightly damp cloth across the stones and the setting. It should then be immediately dried with a soft microfiber cloth to avoid water spots or streaking. Never expose gleaming marcasite to harsh chemicals.
Never use solutions or chemicals on emeralds. Chemicals, especially ammonia, will degrade emeralds to the point that they are unrecognizable. Emeralds are especially porous gemstones, so make sure to take great care when cleaning and storing these precious stones. If you are not careful with these, they will quickly lose their worth.
Consider buying both of your wedding bands and your engagement ring together. Many jewelers will offer a quantity discount if you purchase all three rings during the same visit. This can also be the easiest way to match your rings, which is something that many couples try to do.
Are you purchasing a diamond? Be sure to check with the jeweler about chemical color coatings. This is the process of applying a small amount of colored paint at the tip of the diamond in order to offset any yellow in the stone and to make it appear to be a higher quality stone. You need to be aware of what you are buying, so be sure to ask your jeweler about chemical color coating before you agree to purchase the diamond.
By reading and following these tips you should be able to avoid some of the most common problems involving jewelry. This will allow you to wear your beautiful jewelry without the fear of over using it. These few small tips will go a very long way to helping you look classy.