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GEMS May – How to care for Emerald Jewelry & Gemstone

by JewelStruck on May.31, 2010, under GEMS

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With the last post of Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) – May, we would writing on how to care for Emerald Jewelry and Gemstone. Do use these tips in general too, to keep your jewelry last long. Also showcasing a very beautiful Emerald Brooch kept at Museum of Natural History, Washington.

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Hooker Emerald Brooch

Continuing with Emerald Jewelry care tips, here we go :-

  • Emeralds are generally found without fissures and surface cracks, so it’s common for them to have been oiled, waxed or filled with resin.
  • Though they have a good hardness, but due to inclusions and fissures they can easily break or chip on impact. So you should wear the emerald jewelry carefully. Also you can keep emerald in your jewelry surrounded with harder gemstones like diamond to avoid direct impact.
  • Every 2-3 years, you can give it to an experienced jeweler to re-oil your emerald, which would keep make it look good longer.
  • Clean emerald jewelry with a soft, dry cloth only. Avoid exposing emerald to harsh chemicals.
  • Store your Emerald Jewelry in a dry place, preferably away from sunlight. Also don’t store them in the same compartments of bags as diamonds and sapphires to prevent scratches to the emeralds.

So those were a few tips on how to care for Emerald Jewelry and thats all from this series on Emeralds, we would be coming up with a new stone soon for next month.  We would be announcing GEMS June soon, if you have any suggestions do email them at info@jewelstruck.com

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GEMS March – How to care for Aquamarine Jewelry

by JewelStruck on Mar.31, 2010, under GEMS

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With the last post of Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) – March, we would writing on how to care for Aquamarine Jewelry. Do use these tips, to keep your jewelry last long. Also showcasing a very beautiful Aquamarine bracelet by Bead-Fancy Designer.

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Waves of crystal and aquamarine bracelet

Continuing with the aquamarine jewelry care tips, here we go:

  • Aquamarine fades with prolonged exposure to light, so that should be avoided as much as possible and it should be stored away from sunlight.
  • It has very good hardness and is durable enough, but still can develop internal cracks if knocked hard. Larger gemstone Jewelry should be worn with care.
  • It needs to be cleaned regularly, to retain its brilliance. It can loose luster, with deposits of dirt and oil on surface.
  • You can use normal soapy water to clean it and dry it with a soft clean cloth. Use of hash chemicals and ultrasonic cleaning should be avoided.
  • Extreme temperature can cause damage to jewelry, so it should be stored in a cool dry place.

Thats all from this series on Aquamarine, we would be coming up with a new stone soon for next month. You can email us your suggestions to info@jewelstruck.com, if you want any gemstone to be chosen in particular. Till then, keep rocking!

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Gems February – How to care for Amethyst Jewelry

by JewelStruck on Feb.28, 2010, under GEMS

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Here comes our last post of this month for Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) February. In this post we would be discussing on how you can care for your Amethyst Jewelry and make it last longer and beautiful. Also you can see below a very pretty ring using Amethyst by one of our contributor Maura Nicholson.

Amethyst and Jade Ring

Amethyst stones are often set in silver and gold jewelry. You can follow these tips in general too, to care for your Jewelry.

  • The brilliance of Amethyst can be lost over time due to a layer of oil and dirt, so its very important to clean it regularly. Its better not to go for ultrasonic cleaning, it can be cleaned with soapy water and a soft brush. Use of soft clean cloth to wipe it dry.
  • It is also recommended to keep Amethyst away from extremes in temperature. Store the jewelry in a cool dry place. Extreme temperatures can cause damage to amethyst jewelry
  • Once again, Amethyst looses its luster mainly due to layer deposits of oil and dirt, so avoid wearing it to places where it would be more susceptible to dirt.
  • Although Amethyst ranks 7 on Moh’s scale, harder gemstones such as diamonds can scratch it. Try to store you jewelry in separate boxes and not ever in piles or together.
  • Store your Amethyst Jewelry in a dry place, preferably away from sunlight and avoid use of harsh chemicals on your Amethyst Jewelry.

So that’s all from GEMS series February on Amethsyt. We would come back again, with next Gemstone next month. If you have any suggestions for GEMS March, do email us on info@jewelstruck.com

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GEMS January – How to care for Garnet Jewelry

by JewelStruck on Jan.31, 2010, under GEMS

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With the last post of this month on Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) – January, we would be posting about how to care for Garnet Jewelry. Here are a few tips which can help you keep your jewelry last longer.

Garnet Necklace

  • Clean garnet jewelry with a soft, dry cloth only.
  • Avoid exposing your garnets to harsh chemicals.
  • Garnet scratches more easily than other gemstones, so be careful with it. Wrap each piece of garnet jewelry in a separate cloth to keep it from touching other pieces.
  • Avoid wearing or keeping your jewelry in places with extreme temperatures.
  • Store your garnet jewelry in a dry place, preferably away from sunlight.

So those were a few tips on how to care for Garnet Jewelry, they can be used for other gemstone jewelry as well. We would be announcing GEMS February soon, do email us your suggestions to info@jewelstruck.com.

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GEMS December – How to care for Ruby

by JewelStruck on Dec.30, 2009, under GEMS, Jewelry Care

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Here comes our last post for Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) December. We will be discussing on how to care for Ruby and Ruby Jewelry, so that it looks great always. But before that let me just summarize what all we posted about Ruby in GEMS December. We chose Ruby for GEMS to symbolize RED as December is HIV/AIDS awareness month.

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Dazzling Large Ruby Red Butterfly Brooch by GlitzUK

Lets come back to our last post on how to care for Ruby. A little care and caution can go a long way in preserving the luster and beauty of ruby jewelry

  • Ruby is hard but it is not advised to wear Ruby Jewelry while doing any rough work. While taking off Jewelry be careful that no pieces rub against each other in order to avoid scratching. Generally the only thing hard enough to scratch a ruby is another ruby (or sapphire) or a diamond, but you will still want to be careful with it, as it may be responsible for scratching something else (including metal) that it rubs up against.
  • If you will be working around the house using chlorine bleach or some other harsh detergent, you will want to take your ruby jewelry off. These harsh chemicals can discolor or damage your jewelry mountings.
  • Get your Jewelry inspected by the local Jewelry store or from where you buied, atleast once a year.
  • Ruby jewelry or any other would tend to collect dust and soap behind the gem; use warm soapy water to clean it.
  • Remember to always wipe dry your Ruby Jewelry with a soft cloth to remove sweat, oils or moisture before storing it.
  • Ultrasonic cleaning is approved from time to time to keep the Ruby blushing red.

Thats all we had in store for Ruby, we will be announcing our next month’s stone soon. Keep sending us your suggestions and feedback to info@jewelstruck.com.

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Proper Care of Ruby Jewelry

Proper cleaning of Ruby Jewelry

Rubies can be cleaned by using a simple solution of hot soapy water, or even rinsed off using detergent soap. You may also use a lukewarm solution of one part ammonia to six parts water. Be sure to rise the jewelry carefully if you use the ammonia solution. Those with a particular eye for care for their ruby jewelry may want to take a toothbrush and use it to remove small particles of dirt and grease from the stone or the setting. Though chemical agents are unlikely to have any effect on the ruby stone itself, they may be detrimental to the gold or silver setting of ruby jewelry and so should be avoided if possible.

  • Avoid wearing jewelry around chemicals: If you will be working around the house using chlorine bleach or some other harsh detergent, you will want to take your ruby jewelry off. These harsh chemicals can discolor or damage your jewelry mountings.
  • Take off your jewelry before becoming active: such as in sports or in manual labor using machinery. Though you are unlikely to damage a ruby in any amount of rough, physical play since they are so hard, the jewelry that the ruby is mounted in may be damaged and even bent, causing the stone to pop out and be lost.
  • Have your jewelry inspected: At least once a year with the jeweler you bought it from. If you bought your jewelry online, you should be able to get an insured mailer in order to send it back to them, or take it to a local jewelry store and they should be happy to inspect and professionally clean your jewelry for you for a small fee.
  • When you take your jewelry off: Be careful that no pieces rub against each other in order to avoid scratching. Generally the only thing hard enough to scratch a ruby is another ruby (or sapphire) or a diamond, but you will still want to be careful with it, as it may be responsible for scratching something else (including metal) that it rubs up against.

Taking the time to properly clean your fine ruby jewelry and having it inspected at least once per year is the best way to ensure that you will have it for a lifetime and that it will possibly survive you to become a family heirloom for you to pass down someday to your loved ones.

Move it Around

Rubies, like diamonds are a very versatile gemstone and may be worn on any part of the body successfully in order to accentuate and highlight your features. If you have had a particular ruby stone set in a ring, for example, you may later decide that you want to have the stone taken out of the ring and set instead in a necklace. Don’t be afraid to move your ruby around over the course of your life time, or better yet, buy a new ruby and allow the two of them to accentuate each other as well as you!

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