The best and safest way to keep your gemstone jewelry clean is to bring it into your local Helzberg Diamonds store for a complimentary cleaning and inspection.
For cleaning at home, it's best to start with the mildest treatments first. Using a jewelry polishing cloth, wipe lightly over the areas that need a polish. If you don't have a polishing cloth, felt fabric will work. But make sure you don't use facial tissue or paper towels, as the fibers in these kinds of materials can actually cause scratches and degrade the quality of your jewelry.
If you choose the wrong type of cleanser, you could easily scratch less durable gemstones and damage the precious metal components of your jewelry. With this in mind, the best way to clean a necklace, ring or bracelet is to mix a simple solution of ordinary degreasing dish soap and warm water.
Soak the jewelry piece for 20 to 40 minutes. Then, gently brush the stones using a very soft-bristled toothbrush. Afterward, thoroughly rinse the jewelry under warm running tap water.
Since some gemstones are sensitive to heat and light, you should store your jewelry at room temperature out of direct sunlight. It’s also best to keep less durable gems away from harder stones. Because of the exceptional hardness and durability of diamonds, always store your diamond jewelry separately from other pieces to keep from scratching softer gems. You can also wrap your diamond pieces in a soft cloth to minimize the risk of any potential damage.
The rarest gemstone is Painite. Because of its incredible scarcity, however, you won’t find this priceless gem in jewelry. In the jewelry world, there are a number of exceptionally rare gemstones, including tanzanite, jadeite, alexandrite, paraíba tourmaline, ammolite, red beryl and Kashmir sapphires.