A Simple Guide To Purchasing Fine Jewellery

You can really make a good first impression on everyone when you are entering a room, if you have on some really beautiful pieces of jewellery. You should pay close attention to these useful tips and use them, so that you will discover the best way to choose jewellery.

When ordering jewellery online, make sure that you keep all paperwork associated with your order such as: receipts, webpage printouts and order confirmations. You’ll most likely be required to keep these in order to return the item for a full refund if not satisfied. If saving these on your computer, make sure you make a backup or save them on a USB device as well.

A great tip that can help you maintain your jewellery is to make sure you store your pearls in a special place. You can’t just store your pearls with your other jewellery because pearls are so sensitive that they can be scratched easily. You should place pearls in their own compartment.

When you are looking to purchase any jewellery containing pearls, make sure that you understand the difference between pearls that are natural or cultured. Pearls are formed when a grain of sand gets inside the oyster’s shell and irritates the creature. The little critter inside coats this irritant (sand) with the same mucus that its shell is made from, creating the natural pearl. Natural pearls are rare and expensive to obtain, hence the human intervention of cultured pearls. Cultured pearls are made from oysters that are injected with sand to cause the irritation which creates the pearl. Make sure you understand these differences before laying down money for pearl jewellery.

Once you have decided that you are going to purchase a piece of jewellery and are ready to start shopping, consider taking a friend or family member with you. This way, you have someone else to bounce ideas off of and another viewpoint for the items you are considering.

If you can’t afford the perfect piece of jewellery for a special occasion, consider renting the item instead. Many jewellery retailers now allow customers to rent very valuable pieces of jewellery for a small deposit. However, make sure the item is covered by either your own insurance or the retailer’s insurance, otherwise if you are robbed or lose the item, you could be presented with a very large bill.

Always clean all of your jewellery, both after and before using it. This will help you to remember to keep it polished before storing it for a long period of time. Keeping jewellery clean and safe will extend the life of all types of pieces, including metals and all types of stones.

To keep simple costume  jewellery pieces from tarnishing, chipping or discolouring, simply coat them with a layer of clear acrylic nail polish. While you would not want to do this with real gold or silver, this simple and cost effective solution works great to protect the glossy finish of plated pieces.

Essential to anyone buying jewellery for reclamation purposes is a pocket-sized gram and carat scale. While a scale can’t determine the purity of the gold and silver you encounter in your jewellery hunting, a pocket scale can at least give you a basic starting point to determine fair pricing and valuing of your jewellery finds.

Choosing jewellery can sometimes turn out to be a very tedious process. Even though that may make you lose a bit of your patience, make sure that it does not allow you to be hasty and make some choices that you will come to regret at a later time.

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