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Cleaning Gemstone Jewellery

BRING BACK THE VIBRANCE OF YOUR GEMSTONES

Cleaning Gemstone Jewellery

Want to learn how to clean gemstone jewellery at home? Or how to clean that gemstone ring you love so much? Keep reading and see our favourite tips and tricks for cleaning gemstone jewellery…

KNOW YOUR GEMSTONE…

Introduction

Gemstones can come with a huge variety of different structures, strengths and properties. It’s almost impossible to give an accurate guide to cleaning gemstones by just giving a one size fits all approach to cleaning gemstones. Before cleaning gemstone jewellery, it is very important to know which gemstone you are dealing with.

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As you will find out below, many gemstones are sensitive to drastic changes in temperature and can in fact crack when exposed to such a temperature change.

It is also worth noting that some gemstones (especially emeralds) are treated with oils and other filling treatments. The reason for this is because a lot of gemstones, especially emeralds, actually have natural fractures and fissures which the filler, fills in to refine the stone, hide the fracture and enhance the colour of the stone.

This is another reason to really know the gemstone you’re dealing with to ensure that you do not spoil any treatment the gemstone may have had while cleaning gemstone jewellery. It is always best to check with a professional jeweller or gemologist if you’re unsure whether your gemstone has any of these treatments.

Below, we take you through 15 different gemstones to help you understand the best practices to follow when cleaning each gemstone…

Please note, we have separate guides for both cleaning pearl jewellery & cleaning opal jewellery as they require a little bit more detail. Please see our cleaning pearl jewellery guide or cleaning opal jewellery guide to learn how to clean these gemstones.

Cleaning Different Gemstones

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Amethyst is a violet coloured variety of quartz with a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale. Amethyst can be safely cleaned using water with a tiny droplet of mild washing up liquid. However amethyst, like other varieties of quartz, are sensitive to rapid temperature changes. So it is important to use room temperature – slightly warm water as the amethyst may fracture. Make sure to clean the pavilion of the stone and under settings where dirt can collect and dull the shine of your stone.

Recommended Cleaning Methods:

  • Connoisseurs Delicate Jewellery Cleaner
  • Mild Washing Up Liquid & Room Temperature Water

Connoisseurs Delicate Jewellery Cleaner

Connoisseurs Delicate Jewellery Cleaner
  • Unscrew the lid and remove the seal.
  • Place one piece of jewellery into the dip tray.
  • Submerge the jewellery in the solution and let it soak for no longer than 10 seconds.
  • Remove the dip tray and rinse the jewellery under room temperature water to remove residue
  • Use a soft brush to clean any hard to reach areas
  • Gently dab the jewellery dry using a soft, lint free cloth
  • 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)
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If the gemstone you are cleaning is not recommended to be submerged in water or any other kind of liquid, then we recommend dipping a soft lint free cloth into the solution and wiping the jewellery clean. Once the jewellery has been wiped clean, give it a rinse in room temperature water and dry it using a soft lint free cloth. Before putting your jewellery away, leave it out to dry for a little while longer just to ensure that it dries under the settings.

Connoisseurs Precious Jewellery Cleaner

Connoisseurs Precious Jewellery Cleaner
  • Unscrew the lid and remove the seal.
  • Place one piece of jewellery into the dip tray.
  • Submerge the jewellery in the solution and let it soak for no longer than 10 seconds.
  • Remove the dip tray and rinse the jewellery under room temperature water to remove residue
  • Use a soft brush to clean any hard to reach areas
  • Gently dab the jewellery dry using a soft, lint free cloth
  • 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)
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If the gemstone you are cleaning is not recommended to be submerged in water or any other kind of liquid, then we recommend dipping a soft lint free cloth into the solution and wiping the jewellery clean. Once the jewellery has been wiped clean, give it a rinse in room temperature water and dry it using a soft lint free cloth. Before putting your jewellery away, leave it out to dry for a little while longer just to ensure that it dries under the settings.

Mild Washing Up Liquid & Room Temperature – Slightly Warm Water

If the gemstone you are cleaning is not recommended to be submerged in water or any other kind of liquid, then we recommend dipping a soft lint free cloth into the solution and wiping the jewellery clean. Once the jewellery has been wiped clean, give it a rinse in room temperature water and dry it using a soft lint free cloth. Before putting your jewellery away, leave it out to dry for a little while longer just to ensure that it dries under the settings.

  • Fill a bowl of room temperature water and add a small drop of washing up liquid.
  • Place your piece into the bowl and leave it to soak for around 15 to 20 minutes.
  • 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
  • Gently dab the jewellery dry using a soft, lint free cloth.
  • Leave your jewellery to air dry for a while to ensure under the settings and hard to reach places are properly dried before storing.

WHAT NOT TO DO…

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.

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