Selling and buying and maintenance of jewelry is a big business in today’s economy, and you can either benefit from it, or you can lose out. Whether you are interested in a private collection, or are looking to make some money, how can you be sure that you are making the best choices? Here’s some useful advice that can help you to do well.

If you have a large collection of fashion jewelry, make sure to only clean them with a damp cloth. Using polishing cloths or jewelry cleaning liquids will only eat away at the top layer causing the base metal to show through. After you are finished cleaning, keep your jewelry stored away to prevent any damage or tarnish.

When wearing or buying jewelry, it is important to not go with anything large and flashy. I say this in literal terms, not as in “the diamond was so large.” This is because any jewelry like earrings or necklaces that are too large become gaudy and unattractive. It is best to stick to pieces that fit you and look right.

Don’t buy novelty jewelry unless you know for sure that the person you’re buying it for will like it. If your wife is a fan of Sleeping Beauty, then a dwarf pendant is an appropriate gift. Don’t just buy an item of jewelry because it’s cute, make sure it’s appropriate, too.

If you want to collect costume jewelry, concentrate on getting quality peices. Quality costume jewelry may cost more, but a cheaply made piece will fall apart and will quickly become unusable. Jewelry that’s in good repair can be a much better investment.

Navigating all the options that are open to you in the area of jewelry can be a minefield. However, if you are well-informed you can make good decisions and end up with a nice, and valuable, collection.