Body jewelry is a trend that is here to stay. While a single, sparkly bellybutton piercing can be sexy, it is possible to take the trend too far. Body piercing can be meaningful and has existed in some cultures for generations but it’s fairly new to most of us. It is difficult for someone in their 60’s to understand why a teenager has spikes sticking out of his face.
When shopping for sterling silver jewelry, it is a good idea to bring a small magnet along with you. Precious metals, like sterling silver, will not be attracted to the magnet. There should be a stamp hallmarked that says something like .925 sterling or ster, on sterling silver If you cannot find a stamp, you might be looking at a cheap imitation.
When looking to invest in jewelry containing sapphires, opals or rubies make sure that you understand what lab created means. Lab created gemstones are grown in a laboratory using scientific means. Jewelry that you see labeled as lab created such as sapphire has never seen Mother Nature. If you are looking for natural gemstones, you may be paying a higher price and spend significant time looking for a vendor outside of your local mall.
Use a toothbrush and small bit of toothpaste to clean your precious gems. This works really well on diamonds. The toothpaste is a non-abrasive scrubber and the toothbrush is small enough to get into those little nooks and crannies. This method is safe to use as often as you like.
When buying jewelry on eBay, it helps to know exactly what you’re looking for. There can be thousands of listings for a single type of jewelry. Avoid frustration by knowing the style and color you want before you begin looking. Unlike a brick and mortar store, it can take hours to browse through everything online.
Clean your jewelry with warm water and mild soap, rinse it out, and then dry thoroughly. It also helps to polish the piece of jewelry with a soft cloth. Excess water remaining on jewelry in storage can tarnish precious metals, sometimes beyond repair. A soft cloth can also help to restore luster and shine to your jewelry while removing excess water from the piece.
Try to be fashionable with this trend but don’t go too far. You may regret putting multiple holes in your face when you are 30 years old and have scars from your teenage piercings. Not everyone appreciates this look so try to be patient with your grandparents. It’s good to be an individual but that means not doing what everyone else does.