If you have a beautiful piece of turquoise jewelry, you likely want to make sure you’re caring for it in the best way possible. Kudos to you for doing your research, because turquoise can be a tricky stone when it comes to upkeep thanks to its softness as well as the high chance your stone has been treated in some way.
Read on for some cleaning and care basics for your turquoise jewelry which will help ensure your piece will remain beautiful for many years to come.
Cleaning Essentials – When it comes to turquoise, many treatments are often used to ensure the stone maintains its beautiful brightness and color over time. You might have a stone that’s been treated with epoxy resin or potentially had a chemical solution applied to enhance the color, which is generally refered to as stabilization. Because of these considerations, in addition to the fact that turquoise itself is softer than other common stones like diamonds, it’s important to make sure you have a clean and care plan which is tailored to the specific needs of turquoise.
Cleaning Turquoise Without Silver – While a lint-free cloth will work in a pinch, a more thorough cleaning will require some more specific tools. For turquoise jewelry not set in silver, find a solution of jewelry cleaner specifically designed for turquoise, and only spot clean, as submerging turquoise is never advisable.
Once you’re finished, you can dry your jewelry off using a lint-free cloth. One important note is that if your turquoise has been glued to the setting in your piece, it’s best not to submerge your jewelry and submerge your brush in the solution instead and use the brush to work through and clean the piece.
Cleaning Turquoise and Silver – If your turquoise is set in silver, instead of submerging the piece, squeeze some of the cleaning solution onto your jewelry and use a brush to spread the solution and work in and out of the crevices and settings. In the case that the silver is dull or heavily tarnished, you might need to repeat this process a few times. After this, rinse your piece with room temperature water and dry with a lint-free cloth. Another option is to use a polishing cloth made specifically for this type of jewelry.
Palms Trading Company
At Palms Trading Company, we have exquisite turquoise jewelry crafted by Native American artists which is built to last. Contact us today and see all of the amazing pieces we have to offer and explore the many options with one of our personal shoppers so you can find the perfect pieces to add to your collection.