Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Tools for Preparing Jewelry to Sell
Description of tools:
10k, 14k, 18k, 22k, silver testing solution and scratch block (make sure you get the scratch block)
Check out eBay! They have great kits for about 25 bucks with 3 stones, 10k, 14k, 18k, 24k, platinum, and silver test acids and also a STOP neutralizer solution.I also have had fellow vintage jewelry sellers that use the cheapest Mizar gold testers with great success.
I have tried different scales. Needs to be a jewelry scale and reads in grams reads down to .01g for gold). Tried different models, don't go expensive and don't pick one that runs on button batteries. Buttons are expensive and hard to recycle. I use Digiweigh runs on 2 AAA batteries. You also need a scale that can be calibrated and you need the calibrating weight that works with your scale (50g, 100g, etc.).
Jewelry pliers flat and round heads.
Ring sizer wand. Measures ring size from 1 to 15.
Jewelry Loupe. Helps you view hallmarks. See large flaws in gems.
Wrights Silver Cream. Have tried many sterling cleaners. Wrights is my favorite and you can pick it up at the hardware store.