Jewelry Care Guide
Hope you like your new Unearthed Gemstones jewelry! We hope you like it so much that you wear it all the time. In general, our jewelry doesn’t require extensive care. Some simple care tips and tricks will go a long way. But there are a few things to keep your Unearthed Gemstones jewelry looking its best for years to come.
- Take off the jewelry before doing physical activities like working out, doing chores, etc to avoid impacts and scratches
- Be gentle. Although our bracelet elastic cord and necklace chain are strong, pulling on them too hard may still break them. Avoid having them catch on things.
- Put on your jewelry last. Over exposure to products like perfume and lotion can damage the jewelry, especially the sterling silver.
- Avoid contact with soap, salt water, chlorine, bleach and cleaning products.
- Don’t go into swimming pool, beach, hot tub, etc. with the jewelry.
- Clean the jewelry with warm water. Dry it with air or with a soft cloth.
- Clean the silver once a week with the silver polishing cloth included with your order, as sterling silver tarnishes naturally.
- Use a soft toothbrush to clean hard to reach crevices if necessary.
- Don’t use ultrasonic cleaners as some gemstones may get damaged in the process.
- Avoid using household cleaning products as they may damage both the metal and the gemstones.
- Don’t use rough cloth to clean to avoid scratching the metal and the gemstones.
- Store your jewelry in separately as gemstones can scratch each other because of their different hardness.
- Don’t store the jewelry under sunlight or extreme temperatures.
- Avoid putting your jewelry in an overly humid place (bathroom) as high humidity will speed up the tarnishing of metals.
Some Extra Points For Specific Gemstones
- For opals, do not store in an airtight bag with moisture-absorbing packets. The opal can crack and get damaged under low humidity.
- Gemstones with lower hardness (like rhodochrosite, lapis lazuli, malachite) require extra care as they can get scratched more easily. For more details on hardness, have a look at this article.
- Gemstones like kunzite, amethyst, aquamarine, topaz can fade under long exposure to strong sunlight.
- Angelite cannot be in contact with water as it will turn into colorless gypsum by chemical reaction. Although the process is not immediate, avoiding contact with water will prolong the life of angelite.