Call GemSelectCall us | language flags Language | (USD) Currency | Cart
New Arrivals Calibrated Pairs Lots Contact
  : : Caring for Gemstones
Soin des Pierres PrécieusesCuidar piedras preciosas
Caring for your gemstones

In order to keep gems looking as vibrant and valuable as on the first day of purchase, it is important to keep in mind a few basic rules and follow some specific cleaning techniques:

Since gems vary in hardness, storing them next to each other can result in scratches and reduced polish. Keeping jewelry separately, wrapped in cloth, silk or velvet is an easy task that will ensure preservation of luster and prevent damage.

The temperature at which gemstones are stored should be constant. Extreme temperature fluctuation can cause gemstones to fracture. Also, prolongued exposure to strong sunlight may cause some colored gemstones to fade or discolor. Therefore, some jewelry should be stored out of direct sunlight.

Check for loose gemstones before wearing your jewelry and always remove it when engaging in strenuous activities. Restring pearl or bead necklaces at least every two years (or every year if you wear them frequently). This will prevent lost gemstones.

Do not wear your jewelry if there is a risk of exposure to chemicals. For example, do not wear your jewelry whilst cleaning or during activities such as swimming or showering. Chlorine can damage gemstones and soap residue leaves jewelry looking dull. In addition, the chemicals in cosmetics, hairspray and perfume can damage gems, so necklaces or pendants should be put on last when dressing and taken off first when undressing, as a precaution.

  • First Published: November-23-2006
  • Last Updated: June-02-2014
  • © 2005-2014 GemSelect.com all rights reserved.
    Reproduction (text or graphics) without the express written consent of GemSelect.com (SETT Company Ltd.) is strictly prohibited.
Email to a Friend
English speaking customer support only

Toll Free - USA & Canada only:
1-800-464-1640

International:
+66-39340503

Subscribe to our Newsletter
 
Reorder Items
Select Language by clicking on the Image
Russian Italian German French Chinese English
Русский Italiano Deutsch Français Chinese English

Save Money
No shipping Fees for Additional Items!
$6.99 Worldwide Shipping