How to clean semi-precious stones?
Some of the gems considered as semi-precious stones include black onyx, aquamarine, opal, garnet, moonstone, and tourmaline, among others. Just because they are called semi-precious, this doesn’t mean they are of less value. They should be taken care of properly to maintain their shine.
Before you can apply any cleaning agent, make sure you identify the kind of semi precious gem used in your piece. This is because the different gems react differently to water, chemicals, and solutions used for cleaning. Here is a look at how to clean select precious stones;
Aquamarine: if looking for meticulous results in cleaning aquamarine pieces, it could be helpful to bring it to a jeweler for cleaning. However, you can still clean at home and get acceptable results if you use a suitable cleaner. Look for a delicate jewelry cleaner and immerse your piece in it then wait for about 5 minutes. Use a soft-bristled brush to lightly scrub any dirt build-up along the edges. Wipe dry with a soft cloth.
Opal: Opals are among the elusive gems worn in the world today. To keep your piece looking brilliant, wash it with warm water, and mild soap. It is okay to scrub it gently with a soft brush. Of importance is to make sure you control the water temperature, since sudden changes can result in cracks on the surface of the stone.
Moonstone: This is among the fragile stones that can crack or scratch if brought into contact with coarse materials. When washing, only scrub lightly with a soft-bristled brush. You can soak your moonstone jewelry in warm soapy water for about 5 minutes so that the dirt can loosen before scrubbing. Keep away from harsh jewelry cleaners, as these may dullen the surface of your moonstone. Similarly, cleaners with bleaching agents do discolor moonstones.
Tourmaline: This gem has worn the title “king of color” due to its occurrence in numerous hues. It is a hard crystal, thus it is resistant to scratches and breakage, unless subjected to hard blows. These features have made tourmaline a popular gem in most jewelry designs.
If you notice your tourmaline jewelry has become dull, you can restore its vibrant beauty by washing it with most jewelry cleaners. Another alternative is to scrub it gently but firmly with a soft cloth or brush dipped in warm soapy water. Be keen not to subject it to sudden temperature changes as it can break. Dry your tourmaline thoroughly before storing.
Garnet: Garnets are relatively hard and durable. However, they can chip or crack if subjected to hard blows. To keep your garnets shining, wash regularly by rubbing with a soft cloth dampened with a mild jewelry cleaner.
Citrine: citrine is affordable and comes in a variety of colors. This makes it among the popular stones used in jewelry all over the world. You can sustain the beautiful color of citrine for long if you take proper care of it.
It is safe to clean citrine with most jewelry cleaners. In case you do not have any cleaner at home, soak it in a solution of soap and water for at least 15 minutes. Then, scrub gently with a makeup brush. Make sure to rinse thoroughly, then wipe dry with a clean cloth before storing. Do not expose your citrine jewelry to heat or sunlight for long as this can cause it to fade.