Looking after your gemstones by Corinna - I use many different precious and semi-precious stones along with freshwater pearls within my Corinna2Designs jewellery. Looking after and keeping them sparkling clean is one of the many tasks I do regularly.
First, it is important that all gemstones are stored separately from each other as the more delicate stones can get scratched by the harder stones.
It will help to keep gemstones and pearls clean for longer if you put your jewellery on after you’ve finished with all the hair, body and perfume sprays and lotions. At the end of the day or night out (or the next morning) it is beneficial to gently wipe off the jewellery with a clean cloth before carefully placing it in its separate storage container.
All gems will benefit from regularly cleaning with a mild soap (natural soap flakes) and water. After gently washing the gems, wipe dry with a soft cloth and leave out to dry fully before putting them away.
Pearls and opals are very soft and porous so should be treated with extra care – never use any chemicals or leave soaking.
Ultrasonic cleaning - this is a popular method for cleaning jewellery. Ultrasonic cleaning works by using high frequency sound waves that causes the fluid to vibrate, which helps to remove dirt from the jewellery. However, ultrasonic cleaning is not suitable for a lot of gemstones. For example, never use ultrasonic cleaning with the following gemstones ...
If in doubt don't.
Some gemstones are also susceptible to heat changes and are at risk of fracturing if exposed to extreme or sudden temperature change. This includes, for example:
Topaz and Tourmaline.
High heat can also effect the colouring of the gemstones - Citrine, Topaz and Tourmaline.
A little tender love and care is often the best way to keep those rocks sparkling throughout the party season.
If you would like further advice on the cleaning or care of your jewellery then do conact me - Corinna at Corinna2Designs on 01455 251 291.