The ultimate guide to know how to clean and take care of your jewels
In this article, we share with you our tips and tricks so that your jewelry can follow you over time.
PRECIOUS STONES AND PEARLS
Like all gemstones, aquamarine should be protected from hard impacts. Clean with mild dish soap: use a toothbrush to scrub behind the stone, where dust can collect.
Citrine is very durable, but try to avoid exposure to heat. Clean with warm water, detergent and a soft brush. Citrine can be put in ultrasonic or steam cleaners.
Although emerald is quite hard and durable, inclusions can weaken its crystal structure. Avoid sharp impacts on the stone and shapes with exposed points, like a marquise, should be protected. Clean with warm water, detergent, and a soft brush. Store separately from other jewelry and gemstones. Never put emerald in ultrasonic or steam cleaners.
Opal is one of the softer gemstones and requires some extra care by the wearer. For fire opal, it's the same. Do not wear it when you know you will be doing hard physical work. If they are hit hard, it can chip. To clean fire opal, use warm water and detergent. Scrub with a soft brush and rinse with warm water. It is not necessary to store your fire opal in water or oil when you are not wearing it. Store it separately in a soft pouch where it won't get damaged or scratched by other jewelry.
Sapphire is among the most durable of gemstones. In its most common form, corundum is even used as an abrasive! Clean your sapphire with warm water, detergent and a soft brush. Sapphire can be put in ultrasonic or steam cleaners.
Topaz is a very hard gemstone, but it can be split or "cleaved" with a single blow, a trait it shares with diamond. It must therefore be protected from hard knocks. Clean with mild dish soap: use a toothbrush to scrub behind the stone, where dust can accumulate.
Clean with mild dish soap: use a toothbrush to scrub behind the stone where dust can collect.
Pearls are organic and must be protected from chemicals and oils. Always put on pearls after you put on makeup, perfume and hair products. Before storing your pearls after wearing them, wipe them with a soft cloth to remove dust and oils. Store them in a cloth-lined box or pouch and keep them away from other jewelry, which might scratch them. Never put any pearls in an ultrasonic or steam cleaner.
HOW TO USE OUR JEWELRY CLEANING PEN?
Gold and Platinum
Most gold and platinum jewelry can be maintained with a non-abrasive cleaner.
Warning! : Avoid exposing your gold jewelry to bleach, which quickly discolors the gold and can even disintegrate it.
To prevent tarnishing, store your gold or platinum jewelry in its original case or other lined box or pouch.
Sterling silver tarnishes quickly, especially when exposed to salt air and products containing sulfur.
To clean your silver jewelry, you can rub it with a MYEL cloth.
Warning! : Chlorine and bleach accelerate tarnishing. They should be avoided.
To prevent tarnishing, simply store the jewelry in a dry place, and if possible, keep it in a cloth bag.
*One of the best ways to prevent sterling silver jewelry from tarnishing is to wear it.
** Clear crystalline stones can be cleaned with the MYEL cleaning pen.
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