The emerald gemstone is known to have a bright green color and is the birthstone for those born in the month of May. Some people say it is also the gemstone used to signify a couple’s 35th wedding anniversary.
Believed to be the sacred stone of Venus, the emerald is an imperial gemstone. While on the one hand, the emerald softness makes it easy to carve, only to be done by very skilled artists, its durability is something that is slightly questionable.
If emerald is your birthstone, or you’re simply an emerald enthusiast, it’s wise to ensure that you handle your precious emeralds with a lot more care than you would with other gemstones.
Emerald jewelry is something that can be worn on most outfits, as long as you make sure to follow some smart wearing tips and tricks and clean your jewelry regularly for the best results.
Emeralds are frequently bezel-set to guard them against bumps and knocks. There are many jewelry designs for emeralds that have them surrounded with accent stones like diamonds or white sapphires, adding extra beauty to the overall piece.
It also doubles as protection from side impacts. Emeralds have a high hardness rating and can’t be scratched easily; however, they can be chipped due to impact.
Emeralds usually have inclusions, and they might be solid, liquid, or gas-filled.
Typically, emeralds are oil-treated to improve clarity and luster. When you’re cleaning emeralds, it’s great to take these facts into consideration.
Although Emeralds are a fairly hard gemstone, that does not mean they can be subjected to harsh cleaning.
How to Clean Emerald jewelry
You should clean your emeralds a few times a year. Some people go to a professional and have it cleaned properly, but there are also ways to take care of the emeralds yourself. All you need to do is just follow these instructions:
1. You should always use a soft microfibre cloth to remove oil and dirt accumulated on the emerald jewelry.
2. Fill a bowl with slightly warm water and add some mild soap to it. Slowly place the jewelry into the soap and water mixture.
3. Using a soft toothbrush or jewelry brush, clean the jewelry. Make sure you use the brush and get into those hard-to-reach places. A thorough cleaning can be done here.
4. Fill another bowl with lukewarm water to rinse the jewelry. Submerge the jewelry fully in it and make sure no soapy residue is left on the emerald.
5. After that, you can dry the jewelry, using a soft clean microfibre towel. When the jewelry is dry, you can either store it or wear it.
While there are some things you can do to make sure your emerald gemstone is clean, there are some things you shouldn’t do.
- You shouldn’t use an ultrasonic cleaner on emerald jewelry.
- Avoid using commercial jewelry cleaner on emeralds.
(Using ultrasonic devices and commercial jewelry cleaners will remove the oils that the emeralds have been treated with and cause damage to the gemstones.)
- Never wear your emeralds while showering, swimming, or sleeping.
- Don’t put your jewelry on before applying make-up, hairspray, or perfume; the chemicals may damage the emeralds.
- Emerald jewelry can be scratched easily, so be sure to store it separately from other gemstones.
There are times when your emerald jewelry might require a re-oil session after several years, and this process should only be done by an expert.
It’s always a great idea to talk with a reputable jeweler and find out whether your emeralds require re-oiling, and how much it would cost to have the service done.
You should never wait until your emerald becomes dirty to clean it. From the day you bought emerald jewelry, you need to make sure to clean them using a soft cloth at least thrice a week.
If you wait, dirt deposits will start to clamp up and get rigid, and it would be difficult to clean as emeralds cannot go through chemical or ultrasonic cleaning.
Emeralds normally receive oil treatment to fill fissures and enhance the durability of the stone.
Detergent that works to remove grease from your clothes can dissolve the same oil fissures that enhance the gemstone. The best way to clean emeralds is by rubbing the stone with a soapy cloth and then lightly rinsing them with water.