This is the second part in the Dos and Don’ts for Jewelry Care series. Below, please find cleaning instructions on a few of the more popular gemstones. Please contact me or another professional for any gemstone you don’t see listed. Remember better safe than sorry! Oh, one more thing, very few gemstones or precious metals can withstand long periods of soaking in a cleaning solution.
Pearls have been prized throughout their history for their lustrous, sensuous beauty. Pearls are an oddity in the jewelry word. Unlike other gemstones, which must be extracted from the earth, pearls come from a living animal, a mollusk. They derive their iridescence, their glow, from an organic material called nacre; the mollusk secretes it when an irritant (usually a microscopic organism, not as commonly thought, a piece of sand) finds its way into the fleshy part inside the shell.
This post started as just a few helpful tips on taking care of your jewelry but it quickly became apparent that I needed to provide more information. As a result, this article will be a two part series. Today we will start with general guidelines for taking care of your jewelry. Friday, April 4th, Part 2 will be published and I will provide you with some cleaning instructions on a variety of popular gems as well as a little information on taking care of watches.