Jewelry is one of those things that is best used in moderation. Like makeup, the proper amount will help you to look more beautiful and more classy. On the other hand, overuse will leave you looking like a clown or hobo. The tips in this article will help you to use jewelry properly.
Polish your jewelry regularly with a jeweler’s polishing cloth. This is a natural way to shine all of your jewelry without relying on abrasives or other harsh chemicals. Use this two-sided cloth on your jewelry as though you were cleaning glass. Use a two-sided cleaning cloth, one for polishing and one for shining.
A magnet is a useful tool when shopping for jewelry in sterling silver. By using the magnet you can quickly determine if the jewelry item is made of a cheaper metal and not sterling silver. True sterling silver will also have a mark on it to indicate its quality, such as “0.925” or “ster”. If a particular piece is not stamped, you should be cautious of its authenticity.
If you have metal allergies, make sure to purchase nickel free jewelry. Nickel is a common alloy that is mixed in with precious metals such as sterling silver to make them more pliable. Silver itself is very liquid in its original state and therefore not substantial enough to be properly molded into jewelry. Oftentimes, another alloy such as nickel is added. Make sure you check what you are purchasing to make sure it is nickel free.
Make sure you know what to look for when buying platinum jewelry. Platinum needs to be at least 95% pure in order for it to be considered real platinum. If it’s lower it is platinum alloy. Also, be aware that platinum can develop a patina, which many people feel gives jewelry a nice antique look. This jewelry also does not wear away and is hypoallergenic.
The world of body piercing has taken body jewelry to new heights. Many people like the feeling of having their tongues pierced, but having metal jewelry in your mouth can be damaging to your teeth. There are many colorful options available for plastic tongue jewelry that is safer for your mouth and won’t make your dentist cringe.
When shopping for jewelry, you may need to check what kind of metal you’re buying. Everyone’s heard of a cheap necklace turning skin green, but you may also have a bad reaction to certain metals in earrings. For earrings, look for items labeled “sensitive skin” or for stainless steel, silver, or gold.
Never, EVER buy fake jewelry for someone you love! That means gold-plated, cubic zirconia, or gold-filled. Stick to the real stuff – you can get a bargain on real gold, silver, or even platinum if you look hard enough. Fake jewelry can turn the skin black or green, and that is the LAST thing you want to do!
Don’t overthink the jewelry that you use. It is a great accent piece and the tricks and advice that you read about here, should go a long way to helping you in using it properly. You will begin to be the envy of all of your friends, as you walk out the door, looking classy.