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Gem Care Guide

Posted on June 25, 2011 at 2:45 PM

 

 

A yearly cleaning and inspection of your jewelry is the best way to maintain your jewelry. Aside from a professional cleaning, the jeweler can spot any worn prongs, faulty clasps or other potential problems that could lead to loss or damage.

 

However, between your visits to the jeweler, here are some tips to keeping your gemstones looking brilliant at home.

 

Type Of Stone           Ultrasonic Cleaner              Other Methods of Cleaning                   

 

Diamond                     Yes, unless fracture-filled        Soak in warm soapy water (non-detergent

                                                                                 soap); ammonia-based cleaners, rubbing

                                                                                 alcohol and vodka are safe; use a soft

                                                                                 brush to loosen any dirt around prongs;

                                                                                 dry with a soft, clean cloth

 

Emerald                      No                                         Clean gently with warm water, a soft, 

                                                                                damp cloth and a soft brush if necessary;

                                                                                do not use chemicals

Opal                           No                                         Don not use chemicals;clean opals with dry

                                                                                or damp, clean cloth

 

Pearl                          No                                         Wipe pearls after wearing with soft, dry or

                                                                                damp, clean cloth; avoid contact with

                                                                                chemicals such as hair spray, perfume,

                                                                                alcohol, cosmetics, bleach, and ammonia;

                                                                                always put on your pearls after applying

                                                                                make up, hair spray and perfume

 

Ruby                          No                                         Soak in warm soapy water (non-detergent

                                                                                soap); ammonia-based cleaners, rubbing

                                                                                alcohol and vodka are safe; use a soft

                                                                                brush to loosen any dirt around prongs;

                                                                                dry with a soft, clean cloth

                                                                             

Sapphire                    Yes                                        Soak in warm soapy water (non-detergent

                                                                                soap); ammonia-based cleaners, rubbing

                                                                                alcohol and vodka are safe; use a soft

                                                                                brush to loosen any dirt around prongs;

                                                                                dry with a soft, clean cloth

 

Tanzanite                    No                                        Soak in warm soapy water (non-detergent

                                                                               soap); do not use chemicals; dry with a

                                                                               soft, clean cloth

 

Topaz                         No                                        Soak in warm soapy water (non-detergent

                                                                               soap); use a soft brush to loosen any dirt 

                                                                               around prongs; rinse and dry with a soft,

                                                                               clean cloth

 

Tourmaline                  No                                       Soak in warm soapy water (non-detergent

                                                                               soap); rubbing alcohol is safe; use a soft

                                                                               brush to loosen any dirt around prongs;

                                                                               rinse and dry with a soft, clean cloth

 

the above information  was provided from Stuller Jewelry Manufacturing Co.

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