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Secrets to Buying Jewelry as Gift
You could be a husband buying your wife jewelry for an anniversary, a son buying his mother a birthday present or a boyfriend finding a way to pop “the” question to your girlfriend, you need to know what kind of jewelry you should buy.
Jewelry is the type of present that will never be turned down – especially if you buy the right piece. Jewelry makes us feel cared for and loved. A lovely piece of jewelry bought by that special someone will create everlasting memories and will cherished for life.
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The key is to make sure you choose the right piece. Choosing the right piece is critical because even if everyone loves jewelry, everyone has different tastes and preferences. Reverse it -- think about what you would want for jewelry – most people have their own likes and dislikes. Your loved one is exactly the same.
The downside is --if its the wrong piece, then you’ve just wasted a lot of money - obviously as jewelry pieces made of precious metals and stones can be expensive. Besides, you want to make the right choice.
Don’t rush buying jewelry for someone special should not be rushed. Remember, this jewelry can become a family heirloom. They could pass it on to a child or a grandkid. A little bit of planning on what kind of jewelry you should buy for your special someone could last a long time.
Jewelry is the kind of gift that will be appreciated year after year. When your ready to buy a piece of jewelry for that special someone, there are some things to think about to ensure she really loves the jewelry.
4 Steps to Successful Jewelry Buying
Think about his or her general taste in jewelry. And if you have to find out what kind of jewelry she likes ---without asking too many questions -it might ruin the surprise. Look at what she normally wears, and not what's in her jewelry box. If she wears the same jewelry throughout the year, it's safe to say that she really likes that style. If she normally wears a simple cut gem on a simple chain, don't choose a very ornate fancy piece.
Decide on the metal and gemstones. Does she wear mostly silver or gold most often? Women have different tastes. Some like the warm tones of gold, while others prefer silver. What does she wear most. Do the same for gemstones. Or find out her favorite stone or her birthstone. If all else fails, diamonds are always loved.
Be sure about the style. The key is what she wears…she may have inherited a lot of giant pendants, cameos and earrings in her jewelry box, but does she really wear them? If all else fails…simple classic jewelry designs make the best gifts such as diamond earring studs, a simple gem pendant, a gold chain ora tennis bracelet are all great jewelry gift ideas.
Shop online carefully…look at sizes, delivery, insurance etc. Use a reputable supplier. If it feels like a site that has just thrown up or it looks bargain basement style…you may want to avoid. So buy from an established jewelry vendor. This ensures you will receive quality workmanship and gemstones. A very important factor is a warranty. Make sure the store offers to repair or replace loose gemstones, dented settings or broken clasps. Many jewelry dealers will also replace lost jewelry for a limited time. But ask.
Caring for Jewelry
Cleaning Old Jewelery
Warning some people like the “old look” so assess this carefully.
Sterling silver reacts with moisture to create a layer of tarnish or oxidation on its surface. Baking soda activated by boiling water in the presence of aluminum, will dislodge the tarnish by making it bind with the aluminum, leaving the sterling silver clean and shiny again. This is the simple, organic way to clean and polish your sterling silver jewelry.
Stuff You’ll Need
- Baking soda
- Aluminum foil or pan
- Glass or plastic dish
- Boiling water
- A non metallic utensil
- A towel
- Rubbing cloth
Boil enough water to cover all the silver. Line a glass or plastic dish with a mashed up (then straightened out) piece of aluminum foil. Alternatively if you have a small aluminum pan use that BUT do not use it for cooking again. Put your jewelry on the aluminum, making sure the silver is in contact, then sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda on the jewelry. Pour boiling water to cover the jewelry. It will bubble and smell like rotten-eggs (this is hydrogen sulphide released by the reaction.) With a non metallic utensil, gently move the pieces around so that all the silver surfaces comes in contact with the aluminum. Rinse it under tap water. Make sure you don’t lose any down the drain. Gently wipe the silver –it will shine brilliantly!
- the thin throwaway aluminum pans used for takeout etc can also be used.
- To minimize tarnish in the future try and keep all moisture away from silver eg zip lock bags, anti tarnish strips or moisture absorbent packs. Sometimes you’ll find these in other products so reuse them if you find them.
- You can use this technique to clean small pieces of sterling silver flatware and dining accessories.
- The baking soda method is great for sterling silver and those that incorporate plastic, glass or crystal beads. But beware some gemstones are affected by the baking soda reaction, for example, turquoise. And can become pitted or cloudy.
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