Normal Gemstone Care
In between inspections, to clean your gemstones that do not require special care, you will need a bowl of warm, soapy water (mild soap, e.g. liquid dishwashing soap) and a soft brush. Soak your gemstones for 20 to 30 minutes. Gently brush them with the soft brush to remove excessive dirt, then rinse thoroughly in clean water. Always clean jewelry away from a sink and plug your drain when rinsing.
A Note about Gemstone Treatments
Gemstones are frequently enhanced to bring out the vibrant colors and clarity of the stone. These enhancements were known to the ancient Egyptians and Greeks and have been an accepted practice for centuries. Common treatments include heating, oil filling, and a colorless wax polish. Most treatments duplicate the results that occur in ideal natural conditions. The majority of treatments are permanent and simply require normal gemstone care.
As a general guideline you should avoid cleaning jewelry containing gemstones in harsh or abrasive chemicals or brushing them with a hard brush. Certain gemstones require special handling to preserve their dramatic appearance and longevity. For example, emeralds have natural inclusions that can worsen with improper care. Caution should be taken with all gemstones to avoid contact with cosmetics and strong household chemicals.
Gemstone List with Special Care & Advice
While we make every attempt to accurately disclose treatments accepted by Littman Jewelers, treatments other than those listed above are often used in the industry. Due to the indiscernible nature of these treatments, and the fact that technology and industry practice evolve rapidly, we cannot guarantee that all treatments have been detected.
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All diamond weights are approximate.
Refer to the following for size ranges appropriate to each carat weight listing:
1 1/10 carats
1 1/5 carats
1 1/4 carats
1 3/8 carats
1 1/2 carats
1 3/4 carats
2 1/4 carats
2 1/2 carats
2 3/4 carats
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