The Ultimate Care Guide for Silver and Semi-Precious Gemstone Jewelry

How to Keep Your Jewellery in Good Condition

Keeping Your Jewellery Safe

When storing silver jewellery, keep it away from air and light to avoid tarnishing. A jewellery pouch, a lined box, or simply wrapping in tissue or soft linen are all good options.

To avoid scratching as a consequence of parts banging together, each piece of jewellery should be housed in its own container. Gem-set jewellery will almost certainly contain gemstones that are harder than silver and, if allowed to jangle together, will damage the silver’s surface. This is also true in the case of gold.

Wearing Care in General

Treat your jewellery with tender loving care and respect, and it will age gracefully, just like the majority of women.

Cleaning, Spring Cleaning, or Do-It-Yourself?

When cleaning or doing other duties, take off your jewellery. Both the metal and the jewels might be harmed by cleaning solutions. A hammer miss-hit might be the end of a great relationship, not just your engagement ring.

Are you going out?

Remember to put your jewellery on after you’ve applied your make-up and hairspray, and stay away from fragrances.

Do you want to go swimming?

Before entering a chlorinated pool, remove any jewellery. Remove any jewellery before entering a sauna since it will burn you as it heats up. Heat may harm many gemstones if they are exposed to it for an extended period of time.

Are you planning a vacation?

The majority of us leave the beach on the first day with all three s’s – sand-caked rings, sea-salt, and suntan lotion.
When it comes to silver and gold jewellery, naked sunbathing is a requirement!
Sand will scratch the surface of precious metals, so keep that in mind.

The Tour de France or the Marathon?

Sweat won’t make your jewellery shine, and no one will notice it anyhow.

What exactly is Silver?

Sterling silver has 92.5 percent silver and is often known as “pure silver.” The remaining 7.5 percent is normally copper, although other metals can be used, and it is employed to provide this valuable metal strength and endurance. Silver that is 99.9% silver is far too delicate to be useful in most everyday situations.

The higher the silver content, the brighter or whiter the metal, but watch out for antiquing effects, which can darken sterling silver jewellery or beautiful silverware.

Sterling silver tarnishes over time, but with proper care and frequent cleaning, it may be restored to its “as new” gleam.

What Is the Best Way to Clean Silver?

Natural body oils, soap, and everyday dust may all accumulate on your jewellery.

Cleaning it with a light soap and water is generally sufficient. If the gemstones are set, carefully clean the surfaces with a gentle toothbrush. Keep in mind the backs!

Pat the jewellery dry with a soft cloth. If you polish your jewellery with anything other than a jewellery cleaning cloth, unnoticed microscopic rough fibres will harm the surface.

If you need to clean your jewellery more thoroughly, use a decent jeweller’s rouge or a jewellery cleaning dip. If your silver is gem-set, check the section below for information on which gemstones are safe to use. Some sterling silver cleansers may be too harsh on the set gemstone.

Ultrasonic cleaners should not be used. They have the potential to harm pearls and gem-set jewellery.

How Long Will My Gemstone Jewelry Last?

First and foremost, a word regarding gemstone hardness and, as a result, relative durability.

The Mohs scale is used in the jewellery business to determine hardness. Friedrich Mohs devised this gem-trade benchmark in 1812 to determine a gem’s or mineral’s resistance to abrasion damage. The hardest substance is diamond, which has a hardness of ten, while the softest substance is talc, which has a softness of one. Popular gemstones such as amethyst and citrine have a rating of 7, but rubies and sapphires have a rating of 9.

Because the majority of the chemicals your jewellery may come into touch with are around a 7 on the Mohs scale, any gemstone with a hardness more than 7 is unlikely to scratch.

Precious metals (silver, gold, and platinum) have a low Mohs hardness (less than 4.5) and scratch easily.

What Is the Best Way to Clean Semi-Precious Gemstones?

Turquoise

5-6 on the Mohs scale
Turquoise has a gritty feel and should be handled with care.
To minimise scratching and chipping, always keep in a separate container.

If it is subjected to harsh treatment, it will readily scratch and chip. It dislikes being submerged in water and has a poor reaction to chemical contact. It can change colour in either case, generally becoming more green.

Wipe the surface with a moist towel to clean it.
Jewellery dip should never be used.
Using an ultrasonic cleaner is never a good idea.

Lapis Lazuli is a kind of lapis lazuli.

5-6 on the Mohs scale
Lapis lazuli is a delicate stone that, like turquoise, is prone to chipping.
Always keep everything in its own container.

Wipe the surface with a moist towel to clean it. Do not submerge in water since the protective covering will be removed.

All chemicals should be avoided.
Jewellery dip should never be used.
Using an ultrasonic cleaner is never a good idea.

Coral

3.5 to 4 on the Mohs scale
Coral is a porous, soft biological gemstone.
Always keep it in a separate compartment because it is easily scratched or chipped.

Avoid extreme temperature swings and extensive periods of exposure to the sun.

Wipe the surface with a moist towel to clean it.
Jewellery dip should never be used.
Using an ultrasonic cleaner is never a good idea.

Pearl

The Mohs scale ranges from 2.5 to 4.5.
Pearls are not as durable as other stones. Acids, dryness, and humidity make them sensitive.

Because natural body oils might discolour them, avoid contact with chemicals like hairspray and perfume, and wipe them clean with a soft cloth after use.

Keep them safe by storing them in a pearl necklace box, a chamois bag, or tissue. Harder gemstones will harm a pearl’s surface, so don’t store them in a box with other jewellery.

Cultured pearls may be gently cleaned in warm, soapy water.
Do not soak in water.
Drying in the heat is not recommended. Using a soft towel, wipe the surface dry.

Restring every two years if used often.

Larimar

5 – 7 on the Mohs scale
Larimar should be stored with care, preferably in a separate jewellery drawer, a chamois bag, or paper.
Because natural body oils might dull the surface, avoid contact with chemicals like hairspray and perfume, and wipe clean with a soft cloth after wearing.
Avoid lengthy exposure to direct sunlight to avoid colour fading.

Use a delicate brush to clean in gently soapy water with a drop of ammonia. Rinse well, then pat dry with a soft jewellery towel.
Larimar may be cleaned with any cleaning solution that is indicated for pearls.

Labradorite and Moonstone

6 on the Mohs scale
Before being used in jewellery, moonstone gemstones are kept in oil. This keeps the stone from breaking and drying out.

It is easily scratched and should be kept in its own container.

Wipe the surface with a moist towel to clean it.
Jewellery dip should never be used.
Using an ultrasonic cleaner is never a good idea.

Onyx and Chalcedony

7 on the Mohs scale
Chemicals that are harsh should be avoided.
To minimise scratching and chipping, place your jewellery in a separate container.

With a gentle brush, clean in moderately soapy water. Rinse well.

Rose Quartz is a stone that has a pink

7 on the Mohs scale
Rose quartz, despite its Mohs’ grade, is readily chipped and scratched, therefore store it carefully in a separate jewellery drawer.
Avoid lengthy exposure to direct sunlight to avoid colour fading.

With a gentle brush, clean in moderately soapy water. Rinse well.
Do not soak in water.
Steam cleaning is not recommended.

Topaz

8 on the Mohs scale
A tough gemstone that won’t scratch or chip easily. However, because it may harm a softer gemstone or valuable metal, keep it in a separate jewellery compartment.
Heat and strong chemicals should be avoided.

With a gentle brush, clean in moderately soapy water. Rinse well.
Do not soak in water.
Steam cleaning is not recommended.
Using an ultrasonic cleaner is never a good idea.

Smokey Quartz, Amethyst, Citrine, Ametrine

7 on the Mohs scale
Avoid strong chemicals and prolonged heat exposure.
To minimise scratching and chipping, place your jewellery in a separate container.

With a gentle brush, clean in moderately soapy water. Rinse well.
Do not soak in water.
Steam cleaning is not recommended.
Should be able to withstand ultrasonic cleaning.

Garnet

6.5-7.5 on the Mohs scale
Garnet is fragile and, despite its Mohs’ grade, is readily chipped and scratched, so store it securely in a separate jewellery drawer.
Chemicals that are harsh should be avoided.

With a gentle brush, clean in moderately soapy water. Rinse well.
Do not soak in water.
Steam cleaning is not recommended.
Except for andradite (demantoid), all garnets should resist ultrasonic cleaning.

Peridot

6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale
Chemicals that are harsh should be avoided.
Avoid extreme temperature swings and prolonged heat exposure.
To minimise scratching and chipping, place your jewellery in a separate container.

With a gentle brush, clean in moderately soapy water. Rinse well.
Do not soak in water.
Steam cleaning is not recommended.
Using an ultrasonic cleaner is never a good idea.

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