It is very difficult to distinguish natural sapphires and rubies from artificial ones. These fancy stones might look physically and chemically identical, but the fake ones are much cheaper in cost compared to the natural and flawless gems. If you have the least suspicions about a “natural” sapphire or ruby you want to buy, get it checked out by a professional gemologist who can detect the inclusions that occur in natural stones.
Jewelry should be stored in an air-tight and humid free area. Keep them stored safely in a closed, dark area, like a jewelry box or drawstring bag. Continued exposure to humidity extremes or air causes metals typically used in jewelry to tarnish. While precious metals can be polished back to their original luster, non-precious metals are only coated in which case polishing causes the copper metal underneath to show through.
It is always wise to decide what you can afford before you look for your next piece of jewelry, so you do not go over-budget. This will keep you within a budget, and will narrow down your options.
Perhaps you could settle for a cheaper wedding band for now and get a better one later. You can always add that special ring to your finger on an anniversary, or other momentous occasion. You can even sell back your ring to the store where you bought it, or trade it for a different one.
After reading this article, you should have acquired some new advice to utilize when you are next in the market for rings, necklaces, bracelets, cuff links, watches or any other piece of jewelry. These helpful tips will save you both time and money.