Jewelry and Gemstone Care & Cleaning Tips

Written by Sam Serio


Diamond earrings, emerald rings, ruby bracelets, sapphire pendants; no doubt about it everybody loves beautiful gem stone jewelry. Gemstones are quite literally hard as rock, buy they can be damaged from careless handling and negligence. Here are some tips for keeping your gems and jewelry looking fabulous for years to come.

1.Remember, evenrepparttar hardest gemstone variety can be vulnerable to breakage if it has inclusions that weakenrepparttar 145834 crystal structure. Exercise common sense: if you have a ring set with a softer gem variety or an included stone, take it off before strenuous exercise. Evenrepparttar 145835 hardest gem of them all, diamond, can shatter in two with a single well-placed blow. Never remove rings by pulling onrepparttar 145836 stone: that habit may result in a loose, then lost, gem. 2.Most importantly, store each piece of gemstone jewelry separately so that harder stones donít scratch softer ones. Almost every gemstone is much harder thanrepparttar 145837 metal it is set in. Gems can scratchrepparttar 145838 finish on your gold, silver or platinum if you throw your jewelry in a heap in a drawer or jewelry box. 3.Rings in particular tend to collect dust and soap behindrepparttar 145839 gem, particularly if you wear them allrepparttar 145840 time. You need to clean them regularly to letrepparttar 145841 light in so your gems can shine. To clean transparent crystalline gemstones, simply soak them in water with a touch of gentle dish soap. Use a bowl of water rather thanrepparttar 145842 sink to eliminaterepparttar 145843 risk of anything going downrepparttar 145844 drain. If necessary, use a soft toothbrush to scrub behindrepparttar 145845 stone. Rinserepparttar 145846 soap off and pat dry with a lint-free cloth (you want to make sure threads wonít catch onrepparttar 145847 prongs) For diamond, ruby or sapphire, a touch of ammonia inrepparttar 145848 rinse water wonít hurt a bit and can add extra sparkle (for platinum and gold only, not silver!). Think twice before putting gems in an ultrasonic cleaner. Diamonds and rubies and sapphires will be fine but many other gems many not be, in particular emerald, opal, pearls, peridot: when in doubt, leave it out.

Buying Gemstones Without Being Ripped-Off

Written by Sam Serio


Buying gemstone jewelry can be fun, exciting and confusing. Whether youíre considering a gift of gemstone jewelry for someone special or as a treat for yourself, take some time to learnrepparttar terms used inrepparttar 145833 industry. Hereís some information to help you getrepparttar 145834 best quality gemstone jewelry for your money, whether youíre shopping in a traditional brick and mortar store or online.

Gemstones Natural gemstones are found in nature. Laboratory-created stones, asrepparttar 145835 name implies, are made in a laboratory. These stones, which also are referred to as laboratory-grown, {name of manufacturer} - created, or synthetic, have essentiallyrepparttar 145836 same chemical, physical and visual properties as natural gemstones. Laboratory-created stones do not haverepparttar 145837 rarity of naturally colored stones and they are less expensive than naturally mined stones. By contrast, imitation stones look like natural stones in appearance only, and may be glass, plastic, or less costly stones. Laboratory-created and imitation stones should be clearly identified as such.

Gemstones may be measured by weight, size, or both. The basic unit for weighing gemstones isrepparttar 145838 carat, which is equal to one-fifth 91/5th) of a gram. Carats are divided into 100 units, called points. For example, a half-carat gemstone would weigh .50 carats or 50 points. When gemstones are measured by dimensions,repparttar 145839 size is expressed in millimeters (for example, 7x5 millimeters).

Gemstone treatments or enhancements refer torepparttar 145840 way some gems are treated to improve their appearance or durability, or even change their color. Many gemstones are treated in some way. The effects of some treatments may lessen or change over time and some treated stones may require special care. Some enhancements also affectrepparttar 145841 value of a stone, when measured against a comparable untreated stone.

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