How to Care for Your Gemstone Jewelry

To properly care for your gemstone jewelry here are 5 things to consider:
1) Keep it clean and ready to wear  by gently wiping off excess make-up and skin oils after each wear.  Use a 100% cotton cloth and gently wipe the piece clean using only the soft pads of your fingers.  Store in jeweler’s tissue or a soft bag. 
2) To help retard tarnish on sterling silver, wrap the piece in jeweler’s tissue paper and place it inside a plastic zip lock bag and seal.

3) When cleaning sterling silver remember that it is a very soft metal and can easily be marred by a fingernail or a piece of fabric pushed roughly against the metal surface.  Therefore, use one of the following methods to clean heavier soils and tarnish:

  • To remove fingerprints, light grease or dirt, add a small amount of mild liquid soap to a half cup of warm water, soak 2-3 minutes, rinse thoroughly with clean water and dry completely before storing in an air tight plastic bag.

4) Be very careful when using any soaking method to clean jewelry that has soft stones such as amber, lapis lazuli, or turquoise.  Extended soaking in any solution may harm the polish on the stone. Never use bleach to clean jewelry.

5) To remove excessive tarnish, polish with a 100% cotton cloth and a good nonabrasive metal cleaner.   Be sure to remove any remnants of the cleaner from gemstones and rinse thoroughly with clean water. Never use toothpaste.

How do you care for your gemstone jewelry?
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