How to clean your fashion jewelry without the risk of any kind of damage? It is easier than it looks like. Golden and precious stones pieces of jewelry can be cleaned easily by using available at every home materials. There is no universal cleaning recipe, but we can suggest you here some useful rules that are efficient and easy to be taken into account.
Rule 1: Keep your jewelry clean. Rings stones collect dust or even soap behind, especially if they stay on your hand around the clock. To clean gemstones of crystalline (transparent) type, immerse them in water, where drops of mild soap are placed. Soft toothbrush can be used in case remove the dust behind the stone.
Rule 2: Remember that even the hard types of gemstones are vulnerable to fracture if their crystal structure has defects and weak places. Therefore if your piece of jewelry has stones from a softer type, remove them before vigorous activities. This especially concerns the rings. Diamonds are among the hardest stones but they can be broken into two with one well-balanced attack. Sapphires and rubies are the hardest gems but they also can be split if subjected to sharp impact.
Rule 3: Be careful with putting gem jewelry in ultrasonic cleaning equipment. There will be not a problem with diamonds, sapphires and rubies. If you have any doubts, you better avoid this method. Diamonds, sapphires and rubies can be maintained by using little ammonia dissolved in water so as to remove the darkening and to give them extra shine.
Rule 4: Opaque stones on your fashion jewelry such as turquoise, lapis lazuli, malachite and others require special maintenance. Never use ultrasound, chemical solution or ammonia! These gems should be thoroughly cleaned with a damp piece of cloth. If the stones are porous, they can absorb soap or chemicals. Once accumulated in the stone, they can affect its color. Opaque stones on jewelry require more care than the limpid stones, as they are actually rocks, not single mineral in a crystalline form. Try by your own: put a piece of rock in the water to see how the rock absorbs it and gets wet even from the inside. A gem, built from one crystal only, like sapphire, does not absorb water: its molecules are arranged in the crystal lattice very tightly, that there is no place for the water to penetrate in.
Rule 5: Fashion jewels with organic gems, i.e. amber, coral, and pearls, have to be cleaned only with a damp cloth. The organic nature of these materials makes them both porous and soft. Be careful with chemicals contained in hair sprays, cosmetics and perfumes – great part of pearl jewelry can be damaged by them.
Rule 6: Keep all pieces of fashion jewelry with gemstones separately: this way the solid stones cannot scratch the softer ones. Remember that almost every stone is much harder than the gold, platinum or silver. The stones can scratch the gloss of the metal if you keep you fashion jewelries in a pile in your jewelry box.