Bella Luna jewelry is one of our most personal and treasured accessories. Understanding how to care for and safeguard your beloved jewelry may make all the difference in preserving its beauty and keeping your treasures gleaming for future generations.
Be aware of light and heat
Light and heat may impact the durability and color of a colored gemstone in the same way that the sun’s damaging rays can damage human skin. They may also fade or harm certain jewels, such as amethyst, kunzite, topaz, and shell cameos, over time and in excess. Pearls and other fragile materials, such as ivory, may fade if exposed to excessive light. When exposed to too much light, other jewels, particularly amber, may discolor over time.
Excessive heat and abrupt temperature fluctuations may also cause certain gems to shatter. Heat may quickly eliminate the natural moisture that these jewels need to maintain their brilliance. Pearls, for example, may dry out, shatter, and discolor with time. Opals may become white or brown, develop microscopic fractures, and lose their color play.
Avoid chemicals with your jewelry
Chemicals may tarnish or discolor precious metals such as gold, silver, and platinum, as well as certain colored gems. Hairspray, lotion, perfume, and other cosmetics may all include chemicals that can irreversibly harm the surface of your pearls and other fragile or porous jewels (like turquoise). Before plunging into a chlorinated swimming pool or using domestic cleaners, fine jewelry should be removed. Many of these cleaners include ammonia, which is hard on fragile gems and antique jewelry. Another popular home solvent, chlorine bleach, may pit or corrode gold alloys.
Give special care to treated gems
Many colored gemstones are commonly treated to enhance their color and clarity. Heat, chemicals, steam, and ultrasonic cleaners may all have a deleterious impact on these treatments. Knowing whether or not your gem has been treated is the first step in understanding how to care for it. This is where a report comes in; it offers vital information about your diamond as well as any identifiable treatments it may have had.
Caution should be used when using ultrasonic cleaners
While a professional ultrasonic cleaner may be purchased, you should be aware that not all gems and jewelry can be properly cleaned in it.
- Gemstones with surface-reaching cracks that have been filled with a substance such as oil, resin, or a glass-like compound should not be cleaned with ultrasonic cleaners.
- Organic gem materials such as pearls, coral, ivory, or amber;
- Jewels covered with a non-permanent substance such as plastic or wax;
- Certain heat-treated gemstones; and
- Gems that are vulnerable to heat and temperature fluctuations whether treated or not. Tanzanite, feldspar (sunstone and moonstone), fluorite, iolite, kunzite, lapis lazuli, malachite, opal, topaz, turquoise, zircon, and other jewels are among them.
Furthermore, the machine’s vibration may occasionally shake free diamonds or chip gems that are placed with their girdles contacting.
This form of cleaning is best left to jewelry specialists who understand the various gem materials and when and how to use the ultrasonic cleaner properly.