Gemstones are durable substances, still, they do need some
care. Follow a few general rules and they last for generations still
looking like brand new.
Keep your jewelry clean! Rings in particular tend to collect dirt behind
the stone, especially if you wear them on regular basic. You can clean
transparent gemstones by simply soaking them in water with a touch of
soap. Use a soft toothbrush to scrub the stone.
Even the hardest gemstone variety can be vulnerable to breakage if it
has inclusions that weaken the crystal structure. Exercise common sense:
if you have a ring set with a softer gem variety or an included stone,
take it off before strenuous exercise.
Even the hardest gemstones like Diamonds, Rubies and Sapphires can
shatter with a single well-placed blow aspecialy if they have
Inclusions, which weaken the crystal structure.
Think twice before putting gems in an ultrasonic cleaner. Diamonds and
rubies and sapphires will be fine but many other gems may not be: when
in doubt, leave it out. Diamonds, rubies and sapphires, and other
single-crystal gems can be cleaned with a touch of ammonia in water to
remove all films and add extra sparkle.
Never use an ultrasonic cleaner and ammonia for cleaning such opaque
gemstones like lapis, malachite, turquoise, malachite, onix. They should
just be wiped clean gently with a moist cloth. These gemstones can be
porous and may absorb chemicals, even soap, and they may build up inside
the stone and discolor it.
The reason why these materials need more care than transparent gemstones
is that these materials are essentially rocks, not crystals of a single
mineral. Think about it: when you put a rock in water, it absorbs the
water and is moist all the way through. A single crystal gem like
sapphire will not absorb water: all the molecules are lined up so
tightly in the crystal that there is no room for water to enter.
Opals also require special care. Never use an ultrasonic, never use
ammonia, and avoid heat and strong light which can dry out the water in
Organic gems like pearls, coral, and amber should only be wiped clean
with a moist cloth. Due to their organic nature, these gems are both
soft and porous. Be careful about chemicals in hairspray, cosmetics, or
perfume: they can, over time, damage pearls in particular.
Store each piece of gemstone jewelry separately so that harder stones
don't scratch softer ones. Almost every gemstone is much harder than the
metal it is set in. Gems can scratch the finish on your gold, silver or
platinum if you throw your jewelry in a heap in a drawer or jewelry box.
Please use care in
cleaning your jewelry. We cannot accept liability for any damage to your
gems may cause.
Dirt may be holding in
some gems! Clean in a small bowl, and check carefully for dislodged
DON'T wear fine jewelry
when doing housework or gardening.
DON'T heap your jewelry
into one drawer. Remember a diamond ring can scratch that pearl
necklace. Keep them separate and, ideally, wrapped in velvet, paper, or
DO check for loose
stones frequently by gently tapping the piece with your finger near your
DO get pearls restrung
every two years or annually with frequent use.
DO clean fine jewelry often to maintain its sparkle and beauty. All fine
jewelry can be safely cleaned by soaking for 10 minutes in warm soapy
water (using a non-detergent soap). Use a soft brush on harder gems to
loosen any dirt around the prongs. To reduce greasy build-up on diamond
jewelry dip it in plain alcohol or vodka before soaking.