A lot of people these days are investing in gemstone jewellery as these look colourful and beautiful. They also have a natural shine and you will surely get one gemstone that suits your typical style. Gold and silver jewelleries have become very common and these mostly look good with traditional wears. Gemstone jewelleries on the other hand are chic and fashionable and are available in variety of colours. Some people invest in gemstones for astrological purposes as well.
No matter what the reason of owning gemstone jewellery is, it is important that proper care is taken of the gemstones to maintain their shine and lustre. They are durable in nature and each of the gemstones has different maintenance mechanism that you need to follow.
Here are some important tips to take care of gemstone jewellery:
It is essential that you keep your gemstone jewellery clean. Rings have the tendency to collect dirt and this is more so when you wear them regularly. Transparent gemstones can be cleaned by placing them in a bowl containing water and a little soap. You can use a toothbrush with soft bristle to scrub the stone.
Avoid wearing rings with a soft gem if you need to participate in some strenuous activity. Even the hardest gems can shatter with well placed blow as their structure is weakened with inclusions.
Avoid using ultrasonic cleaners unless you are sure of it. All single-crystal gems can be cleaned with water and a little ammonia.
Ammonia and ultrasonic cleaners should not be used for opaque gemstones like turquoise etc. Use a moist cloth to clean these.
Remove your rings when applying body and hand lotions as this prevent the build up of oil and dirt around the gemstone.
Porous stones, pearls and the likes should be kept away from any chemical and dirty water to prevent discolouration. Do not wear these even while washing utensils and similar activities.
Diamonds are possibly the only gemstone that is resistant to heat. All other gemstones are not and sudden changes to heat and light can affect them. So remove them if you have to work under such a setting.
Gems like pearls, opal, turquoise and amber are sensitive to heat and sudden temperature changes. Avoid keeping them under direct sunlight or near hot radiators or inside hot cars.
Brittle and soft gemstones should be used in rings for regular wear though they can be used in earringand pendants. They can be used in rings worn occasionally.
More protection to the stones is offered by bezel setting though this makes it difficult to remove and rest the stone that is done during re-polishing. It is best to go for 24 karat gold setting as it is softer and easier to bend.
These are some of the important tips that you need to keep in mind to ensure that you gemstone jewelleries are taken care of and do not undergo any damage or discolouration