Many ornaments are signed and many are unsigned.
Many ornaments are signed and many are unsigned. There are good collectors and dealers. There are just as many bad collectors and dealers too, and collectors take pride in obtaining the original pieces that they set out to collect. Although, how do you know that your Jewellery is real or fake? Many collectors have their own websites and will host a bevy of information.
These can be the difference in reality to getting a collectible piece or getting a knock off or fake. This is place where the many shady characters come into play. There are many places for a person to research this highly collectible genre. Another great place to check is the internet. Some even alert people to the many fake scams that are currently out there. With this explosion has been an increase of fake Jewellery to go along with it. This has become a very hot topic in more recent days and a collector should be aware of it.
Taking care of gemstones
Steam cleaning is quite effective but can result in thermal shock because of the often-quick temperature change. It can result in cracking because parts of the stone are forced to expand at different times. Most gemstones can be immersed in a solution of mild detergent and warm water.
Likewise with pearls; although soaking can result in discoloration, so this should always be avoided. After soaking for a few minutes, gently clean the stone with a soft brush. Pearls should be dried after cleaning, using a soft towel, and air-blown dry. Extra care should be taken to remove dirt from the bottom of the setting, a common place for build-up to occur.
Gems are silicates which can be very stable, hard minerals. Like gemstones, one of the characteristics of a precious metal is its rarity. A few gems are oxides and only one gem, diamond, is composed of a single element, carbon. Often, new names will be created for ordinary sounding minerals which sound prettier or more valuable, such as Moldavite for the green variety of tektites.
It could not be "precious" if it were common! This means that the metal must be malleable, that it can be bent, hammered, or otherwise shaped. Two other characteristics are also important. There are also many gemstones that are not true minerals, but which are gemstone varieties of recognized minerals.