As fun as planning to buy or sell your own jewelry may seem, you need to do some research to begin and to avoid losing a lot of money. Another thing is that you need to understand what to look for when you’re buying or selling. These tips below can help you start.
When choosing your wedding band set, keep in mind the jewelry you already own and regularly wear. A yellow gold wedding band isn’t the best choice if most of the jewelry you already own is white gold or silver. You will most likely be wearing your wedding band every day. Make sure it’s not only something you like, but something that matches what you already own.
Buying used jewelry can be a great way to expand your options without spending a lot of money. Look for estate sales or yard sales. Depending on where you live, prices may be lower than antique stores (which use the name “antique” to charge a bit more). Browsing in person can be a fun way to find things you might not have thought to go looking for.
If you’re new to making wire jewelry, practice with copper wire or craft wire before moving on to sterling silver. There is a learning curve when it comes to making wire jewelry, and it’s likely you will have to try a few times before getting it right. Sterling silver is expensive and starting with that material is not very cost effective.
To get additional usage out of your rope necklaces, try wearing them as bracelets. A rope necklace can easily be looped around your wrist to create a stylish layered bracelet. This is a great way to get extra utility out of a piece, and is especially effective if you want to change your look over the course of a day.
When buying gold, be sure that your receipt is clearly marked with the karat weight, as well as the manufacturer. These are things you need to know in case you later want to appraise or sell the piece, or perhaps have it re-sized. The information included is also necessary for any returns processes you may have to go through.
To add the perfect amount of flair to any outfit simply add one statement piece of jewelry. Whether it be a big ring, some bold earrings, a thick bracelet, or a chunky necklace, adding a statement piece to any outfit will not only bring it out of the ordinary but will also make it more ‘you’. Furthermore, a statement piece is sure to make a great conversation starter in any occasion.
When selling jewelry online, you should aim to offer as many alterations as you can. A customer may love a certain piece, but it is nine inches long instead of the eight inches he or she desires. If you don’t have an alteration to that piece, you could lose that customer. Therefore, you need to have foresight in your design stage in order to be able to accommodate your customers.
When you are looking to buy someone a gift, you may consider getting a jewelry set. You will find that a great deal of stores offer discounts when you buy sets of jewelry. You can split up the set and give the loved one a piece of jewelry as each holiday comes around. It is a great way to make sure that you always have a present for someone and that it is something they will love.
When buying turquoise jewelry, make sure you’re getting the real thing. Some of the things you can check for are that the color is uniform throughout and that the stone tends more toward opaque than clear. Also, the presence of veins or splotches, ranging from white to black, are a good indication of a real turquoise rather than a fake one. Most important, buy from a reputable dealer and ask for written authentication of the value. Unfortunately, with all the enhancements done to fake turquoise stones, sometimes it’s hard to tell the real thing from an imitation.
If you are not used to buying jewelry, you should probably go visit a few jewelry stores first. This will give you an idea of prices, and you can ask sellers for advice. Once you know more, you can start browsing online and be able to recognize quality jewelry right away.
Don’t jeopardize your wholesale jewelry sales by failing to thoroughly assess the quality of your suppliers’ offerings. Solid gold or silver jewelry is the highest quality, followed by vermeil, then plated jewelry. With plated jewelry, the top layer of gold is quickly eroded by skin oils and friction. This type of jewelry is perceived by buyers as being inferior to others.
When shopping for expensive jewelry, bring a trusted friend or family member along. It can also be a confusing one, with so many choices available. Bringing a second person along gives you an extra set of eyes, as well as, an important second opinion.
If you are purchasing jewelry for a significant other, keep in mind the status of your relationship. A gift of jewelry may signify a change in the seriousness of your relationship that you are not ready for yet. Purchase a piece that is indicative of your current status with your boyfriend or girlfriend.
When you purchase jewelry that dangles and hangs, remember to budget a little money and time for selecting a good chain. A fragile chain can ruin a valuable piece by breaking at the least opportune moment. Get a jeweler’s advice to pick out a chain that strikes a good balance between attractiveness and durability.
Preserve the look and tone of your vintage and costume jewelry by storing each individual piece in a soft, zippered pouch or bag. The inside of the bag should be lined with a soft, non-abrasive material. This will protect the delicate, aged metals, stones, and settings from dust and other contaminants.
While figuring out the best way to buy or sell jewelry was pretty exciting, you should feel better that you know how to do them better. You can now apply your newly acquired knowledge either to buying a new piece for yourself or selling more pieces you have to make more money.