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How to Sell Your Gold Jewelry

There are very few people whose eyes don’t light up at the sight of gold. The shiny metal has been the most coveted object on Earth, since ancient times. A lot of people may advise you that the best investment in recession is gold and silver. Stock prices may fall and investment in any other security may not work for you, but gold investment always works. Even though gold prices do fluctuate, they have always been on the positive growth curve and many people who have put their faith and money in gold, have been rewarded handsomely.

A word of caution before we move ahead. Beware of scam artists who put up websites and pose as gold buyers. They promise you a higher-than-market price and dupe you in the end. If you must make an online transaction, then make sure that you do so, only after you have verified the authenticity of the website.

Selling it For Cash

Selling jewelry is a transaction that you must carry out carefully, if you expect to expect to get paid, according to the current market prices. The three questions that should pop up in your mind are – How to evaluate purity of the jewelry? How and where can you sell it? Let me answer all these questions, in that order.

Evaluate Purity
Firstly, test and evaluate the purity of your gold. The price you get is a function of its purity. Gold purity is measure in carats. 24 carat is the purest form of gold. Any value in carats, less than 24, means that your jewelry contains other metals mixed in. The carat value is engraved on it nowadays. Using a magnifying glass, if you carefully observe the surface of the jewelry piece, you will find that the value is engraved on it. If it is an antique or heirloom piece, you will need to get its purity evaluated by a jewelry store. You can take help from the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, to evaluate it.

Check Out Latest Gold Prices
After you know what is the purity value of the gold in carat, you must check out what are the current prices of the metal in the bullion market. Calculate the per gram value, from the market quoted value, and then get the price of your jewelry evaluated according to its carat value. Jewelry stores can do that for you.

Find a Good Seller
The best place to sell is to make the transaction at a certified jewelry store. Another option is to sell it to a gold scrap dealer. The second option is the least recommended as you will get a better price at a jewelry store. Other option is to sell the piece of gold in an auction if it’s an heirloom piece of great value. Selling gold in an auction can fetch a much higher price for it, than market value, if it is a really old and rare antique piece. You could sell the gold online, but remember that this remains the least secure of all options.

As I said before, make sure that you check the authenticity of the buyer, before going for a sale. Rather than going for online sales, I would personally suggest that you go and sell your jewelry in person and handle the whole transaction on your own. Make sure that you get the purity evaluated before you go in for an actual sale. Ensure that you are paid according to the quality of the jewelry in carats and according to the current market prices. Don’t settle for anything less than what you are entitled to.

Hypoallergenic Jewelry

Picture this! You have had a fabulous day. First a small party in the office and then at home. You got all the chances to flaunt your new jewelry. It was a day well spent with good fun and much-needed relaxation. The next day when you wake up, you see that you have an ugly rash around your neck. This rash may be because of the nickel present in the necklace you wore.

Instances of a rash on wearing such jewelry are increasing. Instead of treating the rash with possible remedies, it is better to prefer precaution. By this, I mean, it is better to use hypoallergenic jewelry―a type of jewelry that is made specially for people who have a sensitive skin. Let’s read on in more detail.

What is Hypoallergenic Jewelry?

Basically, this type of jewelry is made sans the use of harmful alloys, nickel to be precise. It could be any other metal as well. Even if someone is allergic to a particular metal, this jewelry is the best bet. This type of jewelry is made of titanium, gold (10 to 14 karat), surgical steel, and sometimes, also niobium. The best part about niobium and titanium is that they never have a reaction with the chemical makeup of your skin. These metals are thus used as a coating. Platinum, too, is used to create such jewelry. In addition to this, pure copper (free from nickel) or nickel alloys are used. Jewelry that does not contain metal, and is made by using beads and threads is also said to be hypoallergenic.

Benefits of Using Hypoallergenic Jewelry

The best part about this type of jewelry is that you will not wake up with an ugly skin rash the next day. This jewelry is safe for prolonged wear; there would still not be any reaction. Sometimes, people develop tendencies of an allergy later on in life. Using hypoallergenic jewelry will ensure that you never have to deal with a rash, even in the future. Since this jewelry is made from a wide variety of metals, it does not compromise on quality of design.

General Precautions

  • Be it normal or hypoallergenic, avoid wearing jewelry at home. This will ensure that your skin is rarely exposed to metals.
  • Apply a clear nail polish to the area which is going to be exposed to jewelry. This is when you know you’re sensitive to a particular piece of jewelry but have to wear it for some important reason.
  • As far as possible, do not go for cheap or oxidized jewelry.
  • While buying hypoallergenic jewelry, make sure it is marked accordingly, and that you are getting an authentic deal.

It is very important to take precautions while choosing jewelry, specially if you have a sensitive skin. But with the hypoallergenic type, you can rest assured that you’re skin is exposed to only the safest of materials.

Tribal Jewelry for Men

Wearing jewelry is not only done for the sake of fashion, but also to reflect culture, wealth, character, and belief. Tribal jewelry originated in Africa and excavation studies revealed that they existed before 10,000 B.C. Such form of jewelry also evolved from the ancient Egyptians and the Harappa and Mohenjo-daro civilization. The male folk of those age-old times adorned their body parts with jewelry having peculiar structures made from animal or plant parts. Apart from those, amulets were also worn by them that was believed to bring good fortune, wealth, and health. The purpose of wearing jewelry was also connected with keeping themselves away from evil spirits. Today people wear them merely as a fashion statement.

If you observe the attire of tribal men, then you will find them decked up with a plenty of jewelry. They opt for anklets, wristbands, bangles, earrings, headbands, and many other uniquely designed jewelry. Making such patterns of jewelry is indeed a praiseworthy art and you can get them from stores or buy them online.

Silver Tribal Jewelry
Silver accessories are mainly worn as a single piece, bracelet, earrings, or neck pieces. The silver is usually left unpolished to retain the crude look. The highly finished silver body jewelry are not only fashionable but are also expensive. Faces of different Gods are molded on pendants, while bangles are carved with designs of animal heads, skeletons, etc.

Copper Tribal Jewelry
Copper jewelry are purely antique and are adorned as head sticks and bands. These are mixed with bronze, and are used for making rings in different shapes and styles. Captive rings, circular barbells, earlets, eyelets, bent barbells look stunning in copper. Labret studs are more often adopted by men who have pierced their labret. Thick anklets made from copper reflect the true form of tribal jewelry. The head sticks have arrow like structures that can be held on the side of the ear and appear to be raised from the top of the head.

Iron Tribal Jewelry
These are heavy and extremely masculine. Only those who can well carry it off well should opt for it. Iron casing necklaces and bangles reveal a savage way of thinking, and are mostly worn by the tribals of West African and Middle Eastern countries. Also much common among the Bedouins, Banjaras, and Turkomans, the jewelry pieces are blended with stainless steel creating a contemporary look. They are mainly worn as anklets, toe rings, thumb rings, bangles, and neck pieces.

Organic Tribal Jewelry
If you wanna deck up as a real tribal man, then opt for the organic forms. Ornaments are made from plants, wood, animal parts, shells, bamboo, and amber. The mineral stones like agate, amethyst, quartz, onyx, obsidian, etc are used for making septum, labret, ear plugs, earrings, rings, etc. Jewelry made from bones and horns are mostly used as head pieces.

Dressing up like a tribal is not the criterion for wearing such jewelry. You can easily mix and match a piece with your outfit. Select the pieces that you can carry well, as they will be symbolic of your character and perspective.

How To Clean Jewelry

Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, etc., enhance one’s beauty and charm. Though everybody likes jewelry, it is mostly the females who adore it the most. However, a time comes when your enchanting piece may lose its earlier shine! After wearing it for a few days, a bright and shining piece may lose its charm and glitter. Do you want to know why this happens? This is due to dust, dirt, and the body lotions that we use. Jewelers often advise us to clean jewelry carefully on a regular basis. A good cleaning can turn a dull piece into an eye-catching one.

Tips

Before cleaning, you should make sure of certain things, such as the stones should be fitted properly. Make sure that mounting and all the clasps, prongs, etc., that fasten the piece together are tight enough to clean. If you are not sure about how to clean your delicate piece, it is important to talk with your jeweler before using any homemade cleaning solution on it. Now, the question that comes to our mind is how to clean it? To answer this, let us tell you that there are various ways of doing so.

Cleaning Silver

  • Silver earrings, finger rings, or necklaces should always be cleaned with soft cotton or flannel cloth.
  • A silver cleaning cloth may help in quick cleaning of your silver jewelry, as it has anti-tarnish ingredients.
  • A smooth toothbrush can be used to clean the intricate scroll work.
  • A mixture of small amount of liquid detergent or soap in warm water can also be used to clean dirt.
  • Rinse the piece in warm water, wipe with a cloth, and allow it to dry.
  • If you have used a toothbrush, then scrub gently and rinse it.
  • Use a silver dip (liquid cleaner) or baking soda paste to remove tarnish.

However, it is better to avoid using silver dip in cleaning gemstones, as the stones may get damaged due to chemical reactions.

Cleaning Gold

  • To clean gold necklaces, finger rings, bracelets studded with beautiful stones- soak the piece for 10 to 15 minutes in hot soapy water.
  • Now, scrub with a soft-bristled toothbrush, rinse it in lukewarm water, and allow it to dry.
  • Add a few drops of ammonia into the soapy water to remove the tarnish.
  • In addition to this, dirt can be removed from your gold piece by dipping it into alcohol.
  • In case of cleaning white gold, ultrasonic cleaning can be used, under the assistance of a jeweler.

Cleaning Diamonds
Every girl wants to own at least one piece of diamond jewelry. Like any other type, diamonds too may lose their shine after frequent wearing. To bring the sparkle back, you should know how to clean the pieces. Here are some tips:

  • Soak your diamond earring, necklace, etc., in a solution of warm water and ammonia or mild detergent.
  • Now scrub gently with a smooth toothbrush.
  • A toothpick may help you to get hard-to-reach areas.
  • Allow it to dry on a clean cloth or tissue paper.

While cleaning your diamond jewelry, don’t use any homemade chlorine bleach as it may damage the charm and dazzle of the piece.

Cleaning Pearls

  • To clean pearls, use a soft and clean cloth and wet it in soapy water.
  • Now rub the piece with this dampened cloth.
  • Rinse it gently and allow it to dry.
  • Do not soak your pearls in soapy water, as it may cause it to stretch.
  • Pearl jewelry should be worn after cosmetics and perfumes are applied.
  • It is advisable not to use abrasive or other alcoholic mixtures while cleaning it, as alcohol may damage it.

These tips may help you regain the shine of your jewelry. For better results or professional cleaning, you may approach a professional to polish your necklace or bracelet.