White Metal

  • Antiqued or Oxidized Silver Jewelry

    Tarnishes easily.
    Very popular set with Turquoise
    Or semi precious stones.
    May be Oxidized or Antiqued

    Markings: 925 or Sterling How to Clean Antiqued or Oxidized Silver Jewelry →
  • Palladium

    Whiter and lighter weight than Platinum. Does not tarnish. Hypoallergenic. A good material for earrings due to its properties.

    How to Clean Palladium →
  • Platinum

    Extremely durable, does scratch easy.
    White color does not need plating.
    Can be 2x as expensive as gold.

    How to Clean Platinum →
  • Silver How to Clean Silver →
  • Silver Plate

    Tarnishes easily.
    May eventually wear to expose inner metal.

    Markings: SP, EPS, or EP. How to Clean Silver Plate →
  • Sterling Silver

    Tarnishes easily.
    Very popular set with Turquoise
    Or semi precious stones.
    May be Oxidized or Antiqued

    Markings: 925 or Sterling How to Clean Sterling Silver →
  • White Gold

    Same as yellow gold but the alloy has a greater amount of white metals. Usually plated with rhodium to make it whiter, may eventually wear to a warmer color. Does not tarnish.

    Markings: 10kt, 10K, 416, 417 = 10kt gold (41.7% pure gold) 14kt, 14K, 585 = 14kt gold (58.5% pure gold) 18K, 750, 18kt = 18kt gold (75% pure gold) How to Clean White Gold →

Yellow Metal

  • Brass

    Very durable and inexpensive metal.
    Tarnishes quickly and will leave stains when exposed to skin.

    How to Clean Brass →
  • Filled Gold Jewelry

    Has a much thicker layer of gold than gold plate, giving it more ability to resist wear and tear.

    Markings: GF How to Clean Filled Gold Jewelry →
  • Gold How to Clean Gold →
  • Gold Plate

    Will appear and feel just like gold but may eventually wear to expose inner metal which is a lower quality metal like copper or brass.

    Markings: GP, GEP, HGE How to Clean Gold Plate →
  • Gold Vermil

    Similar to gold plate but the inner metal is silver making it closer to fine jewelry.

    Markings: 925. How to Clean Gold Vermil →
  • Yellow Gold

    Does not tarnish

    Markings: 10kt, 10K, 416, 417 = 10kt gold (41.7% pure gold) 14kt, 14K, 585 = 14kt gold (58.5% pure gold) 18K, 750, 18kt = 18kt gold (75% pure gold) How to Clean Yellow Gold →

Pink Metal

  • Rose Gold

    Same as yellow gold but the alloy has a greater amount of copper. Does not tarnish.

    Markings: 10kt, 10K, 416, 417 = 10kt gold (41.7% pure gold) 14kt, 14K, 585 = 14kt gold (58.5% pure gold) 18K, 750, 18kt = 18kt gold (75% pure gold) How to Clean Rose Gold →

Gray Metal

  • Stainless Steel

    A very hard and durable metal. Scratch resistant. Heavier than Titanium. Does not tarnish or rust. Jewelry is not molded but cut from a solid piece with no seams. Used mostly in men's jewelry.

    How to Clean Stainless Steel →
  • Titanium

    The hardest natural known metal. Scratch resistant. Light weight. Easily colored and may come in different non natural hues.

    How to Clean Titanium →
  • Tungsten

    A very hard and durable and heavy metal. Highest Scratch resistance.
    Does not tarnish or rust. Always looks shiny and new.

    How to Clean Tungsten →

Precious Gemstones

  • Diamond

    Does not fog up. Sinks in water.
    Will be set in an expensive metal
    such as gold or platinum. Highly refractive.

    Mohs Hardness Scale Value: 10 Color Range: Usually clear but can be yellow, pink, blue, brown and gray. How to Clean Diamond →
  • Emerald

    Does not sparkle, shines with a dull fire. Are not perfectly clear as they have natural imperfections within their structure.

    Mohs Hardness Scale Value: 7.5 Color Range: Comes in various hues of green, from dark to light tones. How to Clean Emerald →
  • Ruby

    Real rubies glow with a deep, vivid, almost “stoplight” red. Only a diamond can scratch a ruby. Consult with a Professional to confirm if you have a real ruby.

    Mohs Hardness Scale Value: 9 Color Range: Red How to Clean Ruby →
  • Sapphire

    Does not fog up. Only reflects light that is the color of the sapphire. Consult with a Professional to confirm if you have a real sapphire.

    Mohs Hardness Scale Value: 9 Color Range: Naturally occurring in blue. Can also be yellow, pink, orange, and green. How to Clean Sapphire →

Semi-Precious Gemstones

  • Amethyst

    Generally clear of inclusions but authentic stones may have inconsistencies. Easy to cut and can come in many shapes.

    Mohs Hardness Scale Value: 7 Color Range: Purple and Violet How to Clean Amethyst →
  • Aquamarine Mohs Hardness Scale Value: 8 Color Range: Blue to green-blue How to Clean Aquamarine →
  • Citrine

    One of the cleanest gemstones available.

    Mohs Hardness Scale Value: 7 Color Range: Color range Yellow, Orange, Brown. How to Clean Citrine →
  • Garnet Mohs Hardness Scale Value: 6.5 Color Range: Color range deep reds, shades orange, light yellows, purple, pinks and greens. How to Clean Garnet →
  • Peridot Mohs Hardness Scale Value: 7 Color Range: Color range shades of olive green. How to Clean Peridot →
  • Quartz Mohs Hardness Scale Value: 7 Color Range: Colorless How to Clean Quartz →
  • Topaz Mohs Hardness Scale Value: 8 Color Range: Color range colorless, yellow, orange, brown, red, pink, blue, green. How to Clean Topaz →
  • Tourmaline Mohs Hardness Scale Value: 7 Color Range: Color range blue, green, red, yellow, pink. How to Clean Tourmaline →
  • Zircon Mohs Hardness Scale Value: 7.5 Color Range: Color range reddish brown, yellow, green, blue, gray and colorless. How to Clean Zircon →

Delicate Gemstones

  • Onyx Mohs Hardness Scale Value: 7 Color Range: Black sometimes with white streaks. How to Clean Onyx →
  • Opal Mohs Hardness Scale Value: 6.5 Color Range: Commonly having a bodycolor of white, yellow, gray, black, or brown; With a play-of-color of spectral colors of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. How to Clean Opal →
  • Pearl

    A real pearl feels cool and warms up when worn. Rub pearls against your teeth with a side-to-side motion. A real pearl will usually have a slightly rough or gritty texture. Fake pearls made from glass or plastic will
    usually be almost perfectly smooth.

    Mohs Hardness Scale Value: 2.5 Color Range: White, cream or gray, but also purple, black, pink, green, champagne, chocolate, blue and lavender How to Clean Pearl →
  • Tanzanite Mohs Hardness Scale Value: 7 Color Range: Blue with a tinge of violet How to Clean Tanzanite →
  • Turquoise Mohs Hardness Scale Value: 6 Color Range: Opaque stone with a color range of green to blue that may have veins of brown, gold, or black. How to Clean Turquoise →