Cleaning Gemstone Jewellery

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Cleaning Your Gemstone Jewellery

Explore our guide full of our favourite tips and tricks on keeping your gemstone jewellery full of life and lustre. Whether emeralds, rubies, quartz or any other stone, we have you covered…

Before cleaning or doing anything with your gemstone jewellery, it is important to know what kind of gemstone you are dealing with as different gemstones have different properties. With that being said, the majority of gemstones with the exception of pearls and opals can be cleaned in the same or a similar way.

It is best practice to make sure you do not expose your gemstone jewellery to drastic changes in heat as the gemstones may have a bad reaction to the temperature change. This is especially true if gemstones have been previously treated with oils to fill small cracks or to to enhance their transparency which many emeralds, aquamarines and amethyst, among others are.

We also recommend to stay away from the use of ultra sonic cleaners for treated gemstones as the vibrations may end up damaging the gemstone and removing the oils. If you are unsure if your gemstone has been treated, please find out from a professional jeweller or gemologist before cleaning.

It is also important to make sure that your gemstone jewellery does not have any loose settings as you may end up further damaging the piece which we definitely don’t want. In this case it is advised to take the piece to a professional jeweller for cleaning and fixing.

When cleaning transparent gemstones, it is important to clean the underside of the gemstone as dirt can easily get trapped in the setting and prevent your gemstone from radiating beautiful colours like it should do.

Connoisseurs Delicate Jewellery Cleaner

Connoisseurs Delicate Jewellery Cleaner is ideal for cleaning semi-precious gemstones and is safe to use with any precious metal that your gemstones may be set into including gold plated jewellery. It is especially recommended for semi-precious gemstones like pearls, opals, onyx, and tanzanite.

  1. Unscrew the lid and remove the seal. 
  2. Place one piece of jewellery into the dip tray. 
  3. Submerge the jewellery in the solution and let it soak for no longer than 10 seconds. 
  4. Remove the dip tray and rinse the jewellery under room temperature water to remove residue
  5. Use a soft brush to clean any hard to reach areas
  6. Gently dab the jewellery dry using a soft, lint free cloth
  7. Give your jewellery a polish using a polishing cloth to bring out its shine. (Connoisseurs Ultrasoft Gold or Silver Polishing Cloths are ideal as they leave an anti tarnish layer)

Connoisseurs Precious Jewellery Cleaner

Like the delicate jewellery cleaner, Connoisseurs Precious Jewellery Cleaner is formulated to be safe with to use with any precious metal. It is especially recommended to use with precious gemstones like ruby, sapphire and emerald.

You can use Connoisseurs Precious Jewellery Cleaner in the same way as you would use the Connoisseurs Delicate Jewellery Cleaner so just follow the instructions above for guidance on how to use this product.

Connoisseurs Jewellery Cleaning Foam

Connoisseurs Jewellery Cleaning Foam is specially formulated to be safe with all types of jewellery and gemstone. It is especially recommended to be used for amber, coral and turquoise as it is not always recommended to immerse these gemstones in solutions. If you do not have access to this product just use a damp cloth to clean these gemstones. To use Connoisseurs Jewellery Cleaning Foam just follow these simple steps:

  1. Remove the lid and soak your jewellery in the foam for around 30 seconds.
  2. Use a soft bristle brush to get behind the settings, paying special attention to the pavilion, or underside of the gemstone to remove any built up dirt.
  3. Rinse the jewellery under room temperature water to remove the foam. (We recommend room temperature as some gemstones react badly to drastic changes in temperature)
  4. Gently dab your jewellery dry using a soft, lint free cloth being sure not to scratch or damage the piece.
  5. To make sure those hard to reach places dry properly, leave your jewellery to air dry for a while before storing it.

Connoisseurs Jewellery Cleansing Foam coming soon to Argemti!

Don’t Worry If You Don’t Have Access To These Products

If you do not have access to the products mentioned above then that is no problem at all. You are still perfectly safe to clean your jewellery with room temperature water and tiny drop of mild detergent, though in my experience using these products has been far quicker and more effective. Just be careful not to do the water too hot as the drastic temperature may damage the gemstones in your jewellery. Just follow the steps below to use the soapy water method:

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  1. Fill a bowl of room temperature water and add a small drop of washing up liquid.
  2. Place your piece into the bowl and leave it to soak for around 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Remove the jewellery from the water and use a soft bristle brush to gently clean the gemstone, paying special attention to the pavilion or underside of the gemstone to bring out its natural radiance
  4. Gently dab the jewellery dry using a soft, lint free cloth.
  5. Leave your jewellery to air dry for a while to ensure under the settings and hard to reach places are properly dried before storing.

Stay Away From:

Please do not use any household cleaners like bleach or novel jewellery cleaning methods like toothpaste as the chemicals these products contain will damage your jewellery and gemstones.

Ultra sonic cleaners are not recommended for the more delicate gemstones and especially not for any gemstone that has been oil or heat treated or has loose settings. Gemstones like emeralds, aquamarine amethyst and even rubies & sapphires are often oil treated. Gemstones like tanzanites, topaz & tourmaline are not recommended for ultra sonic cleaners.