Whether you have an antique or something fresh from the high-street, you’ll want to maintain its quality.
Doing so requires a bit of maintenance and care on your part. When you follow a good care routine, it allows you to keep your jewellery looking as good as new for a long period of time. The great thing about silver and gold pieces is that they can be easily cleaned but in terms of gemstones, things get a little trickier.
Gemstones take a little extra care and not every gem requires the same treatment. This article will get you clued up on exactly what your jewellery needs so you can give it the TLC it needs. If you happen to be in Australia and still searching for stunning gemstone items from accessible Brisbane jewellery stores, look no further than Ringleaders. Their wide selection of natural coloured gemstone jewellery should point you in the right direction.
How To Clean Natural Coloured Gemstones
It’s good practice to use different cleaning practices, firstly, if the jewellery is gold, silver or copper. Generally speaking, warm water with a soapy cloth does the trick or a soft bristle toothbrush for the stubborn areas.
However, as silver tarnishes with moisture, it’s best to use baking soda. Simply leave to sit in submerged baking soda and water for roughly 10 minutes to remove discolouration.
When it comes down to gemstones, you might want to use a cleaning fluid purchased from a jewellery store. An alternative is using an ultrasonic cleaner to remove the grit and tarnish.
Depending on the gemstone, the jewellery should be left inside the machine for different lengths of time. Others are too fragile for the ultrasonic machine so will need an alternative cleaning solution.
Your jewellery should come with cleaning instructions or the store you purchased it from should have more information. It’s best to double check before hand as you don’t want to risk damaging your precious coloured gem.
Cleaning With Detergent
In general, gems can be cleaned with the basic washing-up liquid and a soft fabric cloth. Most transparent gemstones are okay to be cleaned with soap, warm water and a cloth. Try to avoid using a toothbrush as many gemstones are fragile and can be scratched with bristles.
How Often Should You Care For Gemstones?
A brand new shiny gemstone ring can be a sight for sore eyes. However, maintaining the sparkle and colour does require some effort. Follow these tips to prolong its life:
- Avoid wearing your jewellery when doing hands-on work, going to the beach, taking a swim, getting ready to go out and going to the gym. This is because the chemicals, moistures and oils you come into contact with can damage and discolour the gemstone. Always remove the ring or item before doing any of the above to keep it well away from potential harm.
- Don’t over clean. You won’t need to polish on a daily basis however if you wear them every day. After a lengthy time of wearing it day-to-day, you may think it needs a clean.