All types of gemstones require different care techniques when it comes to routine care and cleaning. Following these helpful tips will keep your precious pieces looking sparkly and as good as new!
Pearls are porous and must be kept separate from other jewellery. It is best to keep them wrapped in a soft cloth or pouch, and not in an airtight container as they require moisture. Always gently wipe your pearls with a warm, damp cloth to remove body oils or dirt before putting them away!
For a thorough clean, wash pearls periodically with mild soap (not detergent) and a soft cloth. Rinse them in clean water and wrap them in a thin, damp cotton towel to dry. If the pearls are especially dirty, wipe the pearl with acetone polish remover (acetone will not hurt pearls). Do not use jewellery cleaners with ammonia or vinegar in them.
precious & Semi-precious gemstones
Different gemstones have different physical properties. This means they will react differently to light, acids and scratching, and cannot always be cleaned using the same methods. Softer gemstones such as jade, opal, lapis and emeralds cannot be cleaned in an ultrasonic, but harder gems such as diamond, ruby and sapphires can. It is best to get in touch so we can determine the best cleaning method for your piece.
Never apply perfumes, hairspray or lotions after putting on your jewellery. The chemicals in these products can be harmful to your gems and reduce their brilliance and ability to return light.
If your gemstone has an inclusion or unique mark, this can impact how it should be cared for. It is always a good idea to have your jewellery inspected before using at-home cleaning methods. If you are unsure please get in touch so we can help you.