Hope’s Corner

Welcome to Hope’s Corner! Here you will find topics ranging from gems and timepieces to cars and elves. Or pretty much whatever strikes my fancy! I’d love to hear your comments or suggestions.

-HOPE WIXON, Owner

Gemstone Cleaning

Gem Cleaning Tips

Cleaning your gemstone jewelry is important to the long lasting beauty of these wonderful pieces! Here are some tips for cleaning your gemstones.

Clean Gems with Dish Soap

 

1. Dish soap is your friend!
The best way to clean your gemstone jewelry is in a bowl of water with a few drops of ordinary dish detergent. Using an old soft toothbrush, scrub gently behind the stone where dust and soap can collect. Then just rinse and pat dry with a soft cloth.

Gemstone Cleaning Cloth

2. Organic gemstones are sensitive.

Organic gems like pearls, amber, and coral require special care because they are porous. Make sure you don’t expose them to the chemicals in hair products, fragrances and cosmetics. Store them in a cloth-lined box or pouch and keep them away from other jewelry, which might scratch them. To clean them, simply wipe clean with a soft cloth.

Dirty Hand without Jewelry3. Protect your jewels!
To keep your gemstone rings looking brilliant, remove them before vigorous exercise or working with your hands. Some gem varieties might be damaged with a sharp blow. When removing your rings, don’t pull them off by the gemstone: this won’t damage the gem but it can, over time, stretch the metal that holds it in place, making the setting less secure.


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