Jewelry is surely one thing a girl cannot do without. Every fashionista knows that the right mix of jewels can top off an outfit and really bring it to life. However, many women feel they don’t know where to start when it comes to choosing accessories to finish off a look. In these cases, a woman’s jewelry box can become an intimidating enemy. If you’re one of those women, read on because this article will give you tips and tricks to ensure you always pick the right jewelry, and combination of jewels, to go with any outfit.
When buying diamonds, do not fall for the selling ploy of deceptive jewelry lighting. Many of these have quartz or halogen bulbs. The kinds of lights they emit can really make stones appear much brighter. This is because they shine it purposelessly behind them to give them a false glow in an attempt to attract customers.
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.
Don’t discard your antique broach from Grandma, re-purpose it. If you put a chain through it, the broach instantly becomes a fashionable necklace. Vintage jewelry is extremely popular these days and finding a way to make it wearable makes it fashionable. Re-using is also a popular concept in our “green” society. That broach can serve you well with just a slight alteration to its use.
You need to pay special attention when caring for costume jewelry. Costume jewelry is often put together using glue and other adhesives, unlike stoned that are set using metal. Don’t submerge costume jewelry in water or clean it with abrasives. The best way to maintain your costume jewelry is to use a moist, warm cloth first, then dry it off with another cloth. Doing so will keep your jewelry looking its best for life.
Buy your stones loose when you are creating your own jewelry designs. You will be able to pick out a stone that best reflects your desires. Once you find the perfect stone, your ideas for a perfect setting will be much easier to decipher. Any good piece of jewelry starts at the stone.
Look for jewelry stores that are accredited members of the Gemological Institute of America, or GIA, as well as the Jewelers of America. You are assured the best quality at the lowest price by stores with these certifications. You will find these certifications held by most big chain type outfits.
As this article shows, there are myriads of ways to accessorize an outfit with jewelry. So girls, keep these tricks in mind when you are putting together every outfit, and you are sure to end up on the top of everyone’s best dressed list. Thanks to these recommendations you will never be afraid of your jewelry box again.