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How to clean jewellery with gemstones

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If you're anything like me, then you've probably got a few pieces of jewellery here and there that need a little TLC.

You know, the ones with a little too much gunk? Or pieces that used to have a flawless shine but are now looking a little dull?

If you find yourself on the same boat, read on for some tips on how to clean your gemstone jewellery at home!

Jewellery set with hard semi-precious gemstones

Birthstone rings with different gemstonesBirthstone rings set with various gemstones

 

Semi-precious gemstones are non-porous and are usually hard stones. These stones are typically resistant to wear and tear, and are easier to clean. Some examples of these gemstones are sapphires, amethyst, ruby, diamond and rose quartz.

How to clean jewellery with semi-precious stones
  1. Dissolve a drop of washing up liquid in a bowl of warm water
  2. Pop your piece of jewellery in the bowl and soak for a few minutes.
  3. Use a soft toothbrush to scrub the piece of jewellery gently
  4. Dry the piece with a kitchen towel
  5. Use a micro-fibre polishing cloth (my favourite is Towntalk) for a final polish.

Jewellery set with soft delicate gemstones

Delicate pearl jewellery

Jewellery set with pearls in Minimalist V2.

Although most gemstones are made from hard stones, there are delicate gemstones that are soft and porous. These stones can be easily scratched and damaged by chemicals. Some examples of these gemstones are pearls, some types of opals, agates, emeralds and coral.

How to clean jewellery with delicate stones: 
  1. Dissolve a drop of washing up liquid in a bowl of warm water
  2. Use a soft toothbrush to scrub the piece of jewellery gently. Do not soak the piece in the water
  3. Use a soft toothbrush to scrub the piece of jewellery gently
  4. Dry the piece with a damp kitchen towel
  5. Let the piece dry on a flat surface (especially if the piece is a pearl necklace on silk string, as silk will stretch)
  6. Use a micro-fibre polishing cloth for a final polish.

As always, I love sharing my tips, tricks and recommendations when it comes to jewellery! Do come and share with me in the comments below how you get on with these jewellery cleaning tips.

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