Caring for Gemstone Jewelry
Caring for jewelry is an overlooked art form. Gemstones are pieces of the earth that, through natural processes and human skill, have become wearable pieces of art. In order to preserve and nurture the art fastened around your neck or elegantly situated on your finger, follow our simple guide below.
1) Be Kind to Your Gems
Although it’s true that gemstones like ruby and sapphire rank highly on the Moh’s hardness scale and are second only to diamonds, this doesn’t mean that they are indestructible. In fact, hardness is not at all related to indestructability. Instead, it indicates that gems are able to resist scratching nearly as well as diamonds. Even though gemstones are strong and sturdy, the human world of chemicals and hard surfaces can prove challenging. Abrasive surfaces, harsh chemicals and intense blows can damage even the strongest gems. Always treat your gemstones with care by avoiding cleaning supplies, products that contain bleach and jewel collisions. Bleach can cause alloys to break down and leave your jewelry severely damaged. A good rule to follow is that gemstone jewelry should be the last thing you put on in the morning and the first thing you take off at the end of the day. This is especially important when using perfume. Spray perfume before putting on gemstones in order to avoid directly spraying your jewelry. Shower your gemstones with love and they’ll reward you by lasting for generations.
2) Summer Lovin’…Or Not
Summer is the delightful season of poolside cocktails and long sunny days, but without proper care, it can be a problematic season for gems. On a scorching summer day it may feel like you can’t wait another second to jump in a glistening pool. Resist the urge to jump right in and take a moment to remove your gemstone jewelry. The chlorine found in pools might damage your jewelry. Similarly, be cautious of intense sunlight. Although it’s fine to wear gemstones while in the sun, they should never be stored in direct sunlight. Many gemstones are prone to fading when left in the sun for prolonged periods of time.
3) Create a Safe Haven
Storing gemstones can be tricky and should always be approached with care. The most important rule to remember is to never store gemstones with other jewelry. Storing gemstones separately will avoid the possibility of scratches from harder gems, pins, or clasps. It is ideal to store gemstones in separate boxes. After all, just like you, your gemstones deserve nothing less than the absolute best.