We realize that it’s virtually impossible to shield your jewelry from the daily hustle and bustle of life. After all, you’re supposed to enjoy wearing your jewelry, not worry about it. However, by following the tips bellow, you can keep your jewelry beautiful simply by limiting its exposure to certain conditions.
Caring for Your Jewelry
These simple guidelines, along with some common sense, should help keep your jewelry looking great for years:
Everything you own will last longer if you take care of it. Clothing has written instructions like, “no bleach”, “dry clean only”, etc. Cars, stereos and electronics come with manuals. With gemstones you must look for brochures, books or ask salespeople for instruction on how to take care of your investment.
Many gems are very delicate and susceptible to thermal shock or temperature changes. These include emerald, garnet, kunzite, opal, peridot, quartz, tanzanite, topaz and tourmaline. You should not for example, lay in the sum and then jump in a pool while wearing these gems, nor should you go from a hot tube to a cold shower. If you do, the sudden temperature change could cause the stones to crack or shatter.
With some stones, including amethyst, emerald, kunzite, malachite, opal, red tourmaline and turquoise, you should avoid any heat in general. Don’t leave these gemstones in a sunny window still or wear them to the beach. It could make some of these gems fade and it could dry out and discolor. It could also cause small cracks in some malachite, opal and turquoise.
Ammonia and acid solutions, as well as everyday products such as perfumes and lotions can harm some gemstones. Pitting can occur while swimming or while soaking in a hot tube with chlorine.
The safest way to clean a gemstone is to wash it in lukewarm water using a mild liquid soap or detergent that contains no ammonia. Then dry it with a soft, lint-free cloth. If the dirt can’t be washed off with a cloth, try using a toothpick or toothbrush to remove it. If that doesn’t work, have a specialized professional to clean it.
Some stones are susceptible to knocks and bumps than others. If these gems are knocked lightly just right at a specific angle against a wall or furniture, they can sometimes crack. Kunzite, tanzanite, iolite and topaz all fit in to this category.