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How to Clean a Cameo

Cameo Photo Courtesy of MetMuseum.org. Authentic carved cameos can be made of shell or natural stone, while authentic painted cameos are typically made from porcelain. As a general rule, any carved cameo made from a natural material can be considered authentic. Some of the materials used include shell, agate, carnelian, onyx, ivory, lava, coral, jet, bone, mother

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How to Clean an Aquamarine

The Dom Pedro aquamarine obelisk by gem sculptor Bernd Munsteiner is the largest cut aquamarine. – Eric Welch, courtesy Smithsonian Institution. Photo Courtesy of GIA.edu Aquamarine is the birthstone for the month of March. It is a member of the beryl family, and, as such, it is a cousin of the emerald. As its name implies, aquamarine is found in colors

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What’s the Best Way to Clean an Amethyst?

Amethyst is from the quartz family of minerals, which means it’s a relatively durable gemstone — scoring 7 out of 10 on the Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness. Its beautiful purple color, ranging from light lilac to deep, intense royal purple, makes amethyst appealing for jewelry designers and wearers alike. To maintain the brilliance of amethyst, the February

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Toothpaste, why you shouldn't use it to clean your Jewelry

It is a common myth that toothpaste is a good way to clean your jewelry. This is actually false. Toothpaste can damage your diamonds, gemstones, gold and silver. Toothpaste is abrasive and has a hardness of around 3/4 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. Metals such as gold and silver are softer, so toothpaste can actually scratch damage your gold and silver jewelry.

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How to Clean Garnet Jewelry

January’s birthstone, Garnet, is from a large family of gemstones which are found in a rainbow of colors. The most familiar member of the garnet family is the brownish-red color favored by Victorian jewelry makers and modern-day designers alike. Green Tsavorite and Demantoid Garnets are much rarer and command higher prices. The imperial Russian jeweler Fabergé

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How Do I Clean a Tanzanite

Matching Tanzanite Earrings and Ring. Photo Courtesy of Bonhams Pinterest Page. Tanzanite is a blue to violet to purple gemstone, a transparent variety of the mineral zoisite. It is mined commercially only in one area of the world: the Merelani Hills near Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, which is where it gets its name. Before we discuss how to clean a tanzanite,

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How Do I Clean a Topaz?

“Honey yellow. Fiery orange. Cyclamen pink. Icy blue. In warm or cool tones, topaz is a lustrous and brilliant gem.” – The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) A Note About Color Many people think of topaz as an affordable blue gem. You may be surprised to learn that its blue color is hardly ever natural: It is almost always created by treatment. Topaz

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How to Clean an Opal

There are many different types of opals; they vary in appearance depending on the colors they exhibit. The most common opal is the light or white opal, while the rarest and most expensive is the black opal, which displays a brilliant “play of color” or “fire.” When it comes to cleaning your opals, color has no bearing on cleaning methods. Let’s take

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How to Clean Spinel Jewelry

How to Clean a Spinel This year, Jewelers of America and the American Gem Trade Association announced that spinel has been added to the official list of birthstones. Spinel joins peridot as another birthstone option for the month of August. It is only the third time in 104 years that these jewelry trade organizations have added a stone to the birthstone list,

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What’s the Best Way to Clean a Ruby?

Ruby and Diamond Ring set in Platinum Before we explore the best way to clean a ruby, let’s learn a little about this fascinating gemstone. Ruby is the birthstone for July, and the gem for 15th and 40th anniversaries. For centuries, rubies have been a treasured by gem collectors – including royalty — because of their unique properties and vibrant red

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