Whether necklaces, rings or bracelets, the beautiful jewelry creations fascinate men and women alike. It is a timeless gift idea that always causes joy and happiness. There is a difference between real jewelry and fashion jewellery. Visually, the difference is not always obvious, but fashion jewellery consists of simple metals such as aluminium, which are coated with precious metals like gold, silver or rhodium. Stainless steel is also used for high-quality jewelry at affordable prices. With brand jewelry you can always be sure of high quality and long product life. Real jewelry is made of precious metals such as gold or silver. Whether matt or shiny or elaborately decorated, the structure of the jewelry often plays a key role for the look. The size is also important. Fine jewellery consists of smaller, delicate details, while statement pieces tend to stand out through oversized and striking components. Glass stones and gemstones are used occasionally in jewelry for men, but very lavishly in jewelry for women. Another difference: rose gold jewelry is mainly intended for women. But men also have typically masculine pieces such as signet rings or necklaces with military-inspired plaques.
How to measure your ring size
Rings are among the favourite accessories for men and women. They often have a symbolic character, for example wedding rings. Jewellery in general and rings in particular are often bought or presented as memory pieces. Therefore, it is important to know how to measure ring size – and it is very easy with a paper strip! Wrap your "paper ring" around your finger and make sure that you can slip it over the hinge. Mark the point where it surrounds your finger and measure the distance with a ruler – that's it! For example, if you have measured 5.8 cm, this corresponds to size 58; if it is 6 cm, you need a ring in size 60 and so on. To get the most accurate results, measure in the morning or the cold weather: fingers can increase in size during the day or at high temperatures. It is best to measure a few times to get significant average value. Alternatively, you can measure the correct ring size with existing jewellery. Take a well-fitting ring and measure its diameter in mm. You should multiply this value by 3.14 to determine your size. For example, if you measured 18.5 mm, you need size 58 (18.5 x 3.14).
All you need to know about jewelry care
Based on materials, there are some differences in the care of jewellery. Silver and gold jewellery should be cleaned once a year by a jeweller. If your favorite pieces tarnish in between, you can use professional care products such as special wipes or baths. Be careful with rings, earrings and chains with stones or pearls. This jewellery is not suitable for cleaning in baths. Fine jewellery, on the other hand, requires cleaning in a bath: wipes work best with a little pressure and by polishing several times, so they are more suitable for rough, robust pieces. You can give your fashion jewellery a fresh look with a soft microfiber cloth or special wipes for silver and gold jewelry. There are also many home remedies against tarnished jewelry. A particularly gentle method is a bath with soapy water. Whether necklace, ring or earrings, do not forget to dry the pieces with a soft cloth.
Tips for jewellery storage
If you want to keep your favourite accessories as long as possible, you should store them carefully, because light, high temperatures and dust can harm jewelry. Chains get caught, smaller pieces of jewellery get lost, large ones scratch one another... this does not happen in a well-structured jewelry box! Here you can find every piece in no time thanks to the well-thought-out interior. Most models offer compartments for rings and earrings, longer sections or hanging possibilities for necklaces and drawers for bracelets. Some models have an integrated mirror. If you want to store expensive silver and gold jewellery, it is best to choose a lockable box. Smaller jewelry cases also ensure that your treasures are stored correctly and can be taken on trips.