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Cleaning & Caring: Gemstones
Cleaning specific jewellery pieces
Jewellery consists of many different materials, metals, stones, gems and organic materials.
Each material brings its own cleaning challenges. If in doubt please just wipe your piece over with a soft cloth after each wear. This will remove dirt, grime and body oils before you place it back into storage which will keep it looking its best longer.
In some designs the stones or focal pieces are glued into position and some cleaners (even water) may loosen the hold over time causing the focal to fall out.
Caring for Gemstone Jewellery
Gemstones are literally thought to be as hard as rock, but they come in all ranges of hardness with some being quite soft and may be damaged from careless and rough handling.
Here are some tips for keeping your gems and jewelry looking fabulous for years to come.
Remember, even the hardest gemstone varieties can be vulnerable to breakage especially 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 gem of them all, the diamond, can shatter a well-placed blow.
Remember - please err on the side of caution when trying these tips the first time and use your least loved items as a tester.
I would like to reiterate that the easiest way to care for your jewellery is to quickly wipe the pieces over after each use, that way you won’t need to spend extra time cleaning, rinsing and buffing. It’s a bit like the “stitch in time” expression.