Cleaning and Care for Jewelry and Salt Crystal

Gemstones are durable substances, still, they do need some care. Follow a few general rules and they'll last for generations still looking brand new.

Keep your jewelry clean! You can clean transparent gemstones by simply soaking them in water with a touch of soap. Use a soft toothbrush to scrub the stone. Never use an ultrasonic cleaner or ammonia for cleaning such opaque gemstones like lapis, turquoise, or malachite. They should be wiped clean gently with a moist cloth. These gemstones can be porous and may absorb chemicals, even soap, which may build up inside the stone and discolor it. The reason why these materials need more care than transparent gemstones is that these materials are essentially rocks, not crystals of a single mineral. Think about it: when you put a rock in water, it absorbs the water and is moist all the way through.

Organic gems like coral and amber should only be wiped clean with a moist cloth. Due to their organic nature, these gems are both soft and porous. Be careful about chemicals in hairspray, cosmetics, or perfume: they can, over time, damage organic gems.Even the hardest gemstone variety can be vulnerable to breakage if it has inclusions that weaken the crystal structure. Exercise common sense: if your jewelry is a softer gem variety take it off before strenuous activity.

Store each piece of gemstone jewelry separately so that harder stones don't scratch softer ones. Almost every gemstone is much harder than the metal it is set in. Gems can scratch the finish on your gold, silver or platinum if you throw your jewelry in a heap in a drawer or jewelry box.To maintain the original condition of your silver jewelry, polish your pieces regularly using a non-abrasive cleaning cloth. When you are not wearing your silver jewelry, store it in a cool, dry place. A sealable storage bag is ideal for this and will help prevent both tarnishing or scratching by other pieces.

If you have any questions about care for your jewelry, simply contact us, we're here to help!

Salt Crystal Care
Salt crystal candle holders and lamps will not reduce in size, color or shape, and will not lose their ionizing effect! Do not expose your salt crystal product to excessive moisture or humidity. Candles can be placed in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until all moisture is reabsorbed: then they are good as new, they are always refreshable this way.

Use and enjoy our candle holders and lamps for a lifetime!

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