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HOW TO CLEAN JEWELRY

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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Fashion Tip: Use a Travel Jewelry Case at Home and Away

Are you tired of searching for your favorite piece of jewelry, only to find a tangled array you have no time to untangle? When traveling, are you one of those packers who resort to ugly zip-lock plastic bags? Some of the savviest stylists and fashion-girls we know use a travel jewelry case at home and away. You can avoid tangled chains and unwanted scratches

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A Guide to Emerald Cleaners

We are often asked how to clean an emerald ring, as well as emerald earrings, bracelets and necklaces or pendants. Connoisseurs, the world leader in jewelry care, offers several different emerald cleaners, depending on your personal preference. A Word about Treated Emeralds Most emeralds sold at jewelry stores today are enhanced in some way. Emeralds are typically

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