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Valentina Signature Collection  
3130-D Balfour Road, #213, Brentwood, CA 94513
Toll-Free: 1-877-890-GOLD    •     Fax: 1-925-516-8819

"You Deserve the Best!" 

how to clean different gemstones with safety

Listed below are the most common gemstones and a chart showing the safe methods for cleaning each gemstone.  We have found in our business that one of the best ways to clean any gemstone that can be cleaned with soap and water is to spray Windex on the jewelry item and wipe it clean with a soft, clean cloth.  Under no circumstances would you want to clean pearls, amber, or opals using any type of solution.  Be sure to clean these items carefully using only a dry soft cloth.  Following the chart are some jewelry care Do's and Don'ts that you won't want to miss. 

GEMSTONE CLEANING METHODS

 

STABLE WHEN CLEANED WITH OR BY:

GEMSTONE

TOUGHNESS

STEAMING ULTRASONIC BOILING CLEANERS SOAP UNTREATED
CLOTH
Alexandrite Excellent Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Amber Poor No No No No No Yes
Amethyst Good No No No Yes Yes Yes
Aquamarine Fair No No No Yes Yes Yes
Citrine Good No No No Yes Yes Yes
Coral Fair No No No No Yes Yes
Diamond Good Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Emerald Poor No No No No Yes Yes
Garnet Good No No No Yes Yes Yes
Iolite Poor No No No No No Yes
Lapis Lazuli Fair No No No Yes Yes Yes
Opal Poor No No No No No Yes
Pearl Poor No No No No No Yes
Peridot Poor No No No No No Yes
Ruby Excellent Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Sapphire Excellent Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Spinel Good Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Tanzanite Poor No No No No Yes Yes
Topaz Poor No No No No Yes Yes
Tourmaline Good No No No Yes Yes Yes
Turquoise Good No No No No Yes Yes
Zircon Fair Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes

Do's and Don'ts For Jewelry Care

DO:

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Keep your jewelry clean always.   Grit from dust and makeup will cause premature wear and tear in joints as in bracelets or other friction joints.

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Make it a regular practice to visually inspect your jewelry periodically.  Don't just take your jewelry for granted.  Pay close attention to the condition of prongs, catches, rings, etc. looking for signs of wear or bending.  One slightly bent prong could loose your stone.  Also latches and catches on chains and bracelets should close with and audible snap.  If not, they may not be working properly.

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Store your jewelry carefully at home and while traveling.  Keep jewelry in separate cloth bags or pockets to prevent tangling or scratching.  We will provide a beautiful gift box with each jewelry item we sell.

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Remember, preventive maintenance is your best insurance and will save you time and money in the long run.  Have repairs done promptly when needed and your fine jewelry will last many generations.

DON'T:

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Don't put jewelry loose in your pocket or purse.  This is the most common way jewelry becomes damaged. 

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It seems obvious, but don't wear your jewelry while doing rough work such as gardening.  It is surprising how many people do this and damage their wedding rings.

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Don't wear any gold or silver jewelry when swimming in a pool.  The chlorine in the pool water reacts with the precious metals.  A little bit of the metal dissolves in the water with each contact.   The effect is cumulative, but, in time, the metal becomes brittle and is susceptible to cracking, especially in the prongs and filigrees.  The net result is the loss of stones and the breaking of chains and bracelets around the clasps.

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Don't sleep wearing your chains or delicate bracelets.  They can easily become pulled or kinked during sleep.   Earrings can come off and could even cause injury.  Chains can become broken from kinks.

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