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Caring For Your Birthstone by Marcy Doherty
 

Not all birthstones are tough enough for everyday wear and care should be taken when clean these precious stones. Below you find helpful information on the care and cleaning of your gemstones.

January - Garnet

How to Care for Your Garnet:

The beautiful garnet is an affordable gem that is suitable for everyday wear. As with most precious gems some care should be taken to avoid damaging the gemstone. The garnet should be protected from sudden changes in temperature and excessive heat.

To clean your garnet, scrub with a solution of warm water and mild dish soap using a soft toothbrush.

February - Amethyst

How to Care for Your Amethyst:

Amethysts are good for everyday wear but avoid direct sunlight or over exposure to heat as this may cause color to fade.

Clean with a soft toothbrush in a mild dish soap and warm water or try our Delicate Jewelry Cleaner.

March - Aquamarine and Bloodstone

How to care for your Aquamarine:

The aquamarine is good for everyday wear with a hardness 7.5-8 on the Moh's scale. The Moh's scale characterizes the scratch resistance to different minerals and lists them in order of their specific resistance. For example, the diamond is rated a one on the scale because it is almost completely resistant to scratching.

Even with such hardness, the aquamarine needs to be protected from hard blows and scratches as well as heat and chemicals.

To clean your aquamarine, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.

How to care for your Bloodstone:

Care should be taken when wearing the bloodstone, as it is "fair" choice for everyday wear. This stone should be protected from harsh blows, heat, chemicals and materials that may scratch.

To clean your Bloodstone, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.

April - Diamond

How to care for your Diamond:

The diamond is excellent for everyday wear (Hardness 10 on the Mohs scale) but even though this stone is known as the hardest material known to man it can still chip or even break if hit sustains a sharp blow. Also, to protect other jewelry, keep your diamond jewelry away from other gems that may be susceptible to scratching by the diamond.

To clean your Diamond, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.

May - Emerald

How to care for your Emerald:

Care should be taken when wearing your emerald, as it is "fair" choice for everyday wear. This stone should be protected from harsh blows, heat, chemicals and materials that may scratch.

To clean your Emerald, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.

June - Pearl

How to care for your Pearls:

Care should be taken when wearing your cultured pearls, as it is "fair" choice for everyday wear. This stone should be protected from harsh blows, heat, chemicals and materials that may scratch. Perfume should be applied before putting on pearl jewelry.

To clean your pearl, wipe gently with a moist cloth or try our Delicate/Pearl Jewelry Care Set.

July - Ruby

How to care for your Ruby:

The ruby is an excellent choice for everyday wear but should be protected from heat, and contact with chemicals.

To clean your Ruby, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.

August - Peridot and Sardonyx

How to care for your Peridot and Sardonyx:

Care should be taken when wearing your Peridot and your Sardonyx, as they ares "fair" choices for everyday wear. These stone should be protected from harsh blows, heat, chemicals and materials that may scratch.

To clean your Peridot or your Sardonyx, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.

September - Sapphire

How to care for your Sapphire:

The Sapphire is an excellent choice for everyday wear but should be protected from heat, and contact with chemicals.

To clean your sapphire, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.

October - Opal

How to care for your Opal:

Care should be taken when wearing your Opal, as it is "fair" choice for everyday wear. This stone should be protected from harsh blows, heat, chemicals and materials that may scratch.

To clean your Opal, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.

November - Citrine

How to Care for Your Citrine:

Citrine is good for everyday wear. Direct sunlight and exposure to heat, that can cause the color to fade. Your Citrine should also be kept away from chemicals.

December - Turquoise

How to Care for Your Turquoise:

Turquoise is not recommended for everyday wear, as it rated only "fair" for everyday wear. The wearer of turquoise must take care to avoid exposure to heat and chemicals. Direct sunlight or overexposure to heat can cause the color the citrine to fade. The turquoise should also be protected from harsh blows and scratches.

To clean your turquoise, scrub gently with a soft toothbrush and a solution of warm water and mild dish soap.

 

This article was published on Thursday 24 September, 2009.
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