Jewellery Maintenance – Tips To Keep Your Jewels Looking Great

Exotic and ethnic inspirations will remain a big feature for all accessories in 2009, particularly jewellery. Think tribal jewellery, think safari khakis as well as seed beads, chunky beads, wood, ceramics, plastic and leather. Especially if it’s handcrafted jewellery.

Cold Water Soak: Mix a small bowl of solution with 6 parts water to 1 part household ammonia. Soak the piece for several minutes, lift the piece out of the solution and tap gently around the piece with a small soft brush. Rinse the piece in the solution again and drain on a piece of tissue paper.

In picking vintage engagement rings, one should also consider the quality of the ring. This differs from checking the ring’s condition, as inspecting the quality of the ring simply means closely seeing how the ring was made. For example, consider the way the stone, or stones, of the ring is cut. Or how the stone, or stones, is mounted on the ring.

Make a mild mix of warm soapy water using a mild detergent in a bowl. Don’t use the sink as you could loose the item. Also avoid harsh abrasive detergents.

6) When buying secondhand Bespoke Forever avoid buying clarity enhanced diamonds, If you are not sure ask because clarity enhanced diamonds are sold for lower prices than those that are not enhanced.

One undesirable quality that silver pieces have that gold does not have is that silver jewellery oftentimes needs a lot of care. The problem lies in the fact that most of the ‘silver’ jewellery you will find amongst jewellery for sale is not pure silver, but rather only 92.5% made of silver. That is because silver in its purest form is too soft to use. What makes up the remaining 7.5% of the alloy is usually copper.

Famous personalities who have used emerald rings as there engagements rings include: the late President of the United States of the America, John F. Kennedy to his wife first lady Jaqueline Bouvier whom was later known as Mrs. Jaqueline Kennedy. How did he give her the ring? Well here is the story… When Jaqueline returned from England after Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, Jack proposed to her on June 24, 1953 with an engagement ring from Van Cleef & Arpels that had a square-cut 2.88 carat diamond and a 2.84 carat emerald with tapered baguettes. They had publicized their engagement the day after which was June 25 of that same year.

7) Only buy jewellery where you are given a warranty. If the seller refuses to give you one, look somewhere else! If possible buy from someone you know and trust. Read as many resources as possible and consider learning how to use a jewellery loupe or magnifier. Always ask questions and you will soon gain the experience and knowledge you need to buy secondhand jewellery at the right price.