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Resources » Cleaning And Caring For Gemstones

The safest method to clean Gemstones is by gently wiping them with a soft moist cloth. As some Gemstones are porous, do not use chemical cleaners and dips, as they may cause some gemstones to discolour and become dull. e.g. Turquoise, opals and Pearls.

Gemstones vary in their hardness quality. For this reason ultrasonic cleaners may also damage softer Gemstones. Some Gemstones are tougher and harder than others so store them separately so they don’t scratch or chip. Hairspray, perfume and perspiration can also make them look dull, if not regularly cleaned. Put your jewellery on after applying perfume, hairspray, makeup and creams.

AMBER – Soft. Avoid soaking in jewelly cleaner & avoid solvents and perfumes etc. Use a soft cloth.
AQUAMARINE – Durable. Safe to use in jewellery dips.
EMERALD – Brittle. Chips easily. Avoid ultrasonics and detergents.
FELDSPAR – (Labradorite/Moonstone/Sunstone/Lavikite) – Porous. Avoid contact with perfumes, hair spray or make up.
FLUORITE – Avoid rough handling or knocks.
GARNET – Tough. Safe to use in jewellery dips.
IOLITE – Brittle. Avoid any rough handling or knocks.
OPAL – Soft. Clean with a cloth only.
PERIDOT – Medium hardness. Avoid contact with perfumes, hairspray and make up.
PEARL – Porous. Can be scratched easily. Clean using water and cotton wool. Dry with a soft cloth.
QUARTZ -(Amethyst/ Citrine/ Smokey Quartz/ Rose Quartz/Agate/Jasper/ Onyx/ Chalcedony ) Tough. Avoid leaving Amethyst and Rose Quartz in strong light for extended periods as they may fade.
RUBY- Durable. Safe to use in jewellery dips.
SAPPHIRE – Durable. Safe to use in jewellery dips.
TOPAZ – Avoid rough handling or knocks. Avoid leaving in strong light for extended periods as colour may fade.
TOURMALINE- Durable. Attracts dust readily so needs frequent cleaning.
ZIRCON- Chips easily. Avoid ultrasonics and detergents.