Care Guide for Gems and Minerals

You may already know how a little care can preserve the natural luster and scintillation of precious stones for many many years. But, what you may not know is that every stone or mineral has a different preservation requisite and doing just what they need can proof your treasures from ever scratching, discoloring, warping or fracturing. This may take a little patience and quite a bit of your time, but in the end, the results make it worth the salt. Let’s take a look at how you can fully preserve the natural shine of different kinds of stones, and what you can avoid damages.


For Turquoise

Turquoise stones, like aquamarines have a warm blue shade that has an instant calming effect on the viewers. So, their cleaning requirements are pretty much similar. Turquoise stones love warm sudsy baths, but only when you dry them off with a soft cloth immediately after. Turquoise hates high heat and any kind of chemical is a brilliance shortner for the mineral. So, keep it away from oil, perfume and other reactive chemical agents.


For Labradorite

Labradorite is a particularly soft stone that picks up scratches in a blink of an eye. So how do you treat it without damaging it? Soap water is the best option and an afterward patting with a piece of soft dry cloth. In between, do not forget to rinse it well in tap water. Ultrasonic steamers and cleaners are a strict no-no for labradorites. So, sending them for professional cleaning is not an option unless you don’t mind a little discoloring or damaging. Be sure to remove al labradorite jewelry before cleaning or exercising.


For Pearls

These beautiful underwater minerals love only water. So, spare them the soaps and cleaners. Use clean tap water to wash them. Both detergent and non-detergent soaps are harmful for pearls. Pearls are reactive to a few chemical components such as vinegar, chlorine, and even household cleaning solutions. Also, be sure to keep them away from your cosmetics and skincare products. Pearls love neat storage, but not an overly dry environment. Also, never store them in plastic bags.

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