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Caring For And Cleaning Turquoise  

Taking Care Of Turquoise Gems And Jewelry 

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Caring for turquoise is an essential part of owning the gem and getting maximum satisfaction from wearing it. You will obviously need to ocassionally clean turquoise gemstone jewelry, your turquoise ring or other jewel is quite easy to clean and handle once you understand the basic properties of the gem. In this report we provide detailed information regarding the how and why related to turquoise care and cleaning. We really do not care from where you purchased your turquoise gems or jewelry, all we wish for is that - you enjoy wearing and owning them for a very long time.

Before we get into details how what kind of attention and care turquoise gems need or, how turquoise gemstones should be cleaned, let us take about two important properties of the gem. The first relates to porosity, in it's natural form turquoise is porous - the fine pores in the stone might not be visible to the naked eye but, they form an integral part of all turquoise stones. This is something that needs your care and attention because, turquoise would tend to absorb liquids that it comes into contact with. This is not very desirable even if, the liquid was plain water. Another property that will influence the way you should wear, care and clean turquoise gems or jewelry is the hardness of the stone. On a Mohs scale that rates hardness from 1 to 10 with, 10 being the hardest, turquoise gets a 5.5 to 6 - not very hard but not too fragile or delicate either. As we move ahead in this report on how to care and clean turquoise gemstones, keep the properties of hardness and porosity of the stone in mind. Do this even if, you hear that stabilized turquoise or turquoise treated in any other wear has reduced porosity or better durability. Basically we do not want you to leave the fate of your lovely turquoise gems to be decided by some form of treatment.

Here are some details about caring for turquoise gems, we will then move on to cleaning the stone. Keeping the hardness of turquoise gemstones in mind you should ensure that, hard objects or surfaces do not come into (forceful) contact with turquoise. Basically turquoise should not be hit by them or hit against them, the stone could crack or break. The same kind of care will be required when turquoise is being cleaned or washed, make sure that it does not hit against water taps, sinks or cleaning utensils. Turquoise is sensitive to heat, so take care not to keep it close to heat sources. Turquoise gems and jewelry should be kept away from heat when being worn or stored. Do not wear your turquoise gemstone ring or jewelry when, planning an outing on the beach because, sustained exposure to sunlight could damage the gem. Similarly, take care not to wear turquoise jewelry when doing heavy physical activity like cleaning and dusting the house, washing the car, excercising or mending the fence. Due to the porous nature of turquoise, the gem should not be soaked in water and surely not in any other chemical based liquids or solvents. We will address this issue of caring for turquoise, when we talk about cleaning turquoise.

Now about cleaning turquoise jewelry or gems, this is important so take your time to read and understand the contents. Firstly, turquoise gems should not be cleaned in ultrasonic cleaners or vibrators. When you plan to clean turquoise gems or jewelry, make sure that there is no stage where the stone needs to be soaked in water for more than 5 to 10 seconds. Here is what you should be using, a bowl of clean, plain water at room temperature, a soft piece of clean cloth with no hard objects like hooks and pins attached to it. You should not clean turquoise in ultrasonic cleaners and should not, add detergents or other solvents to the water being used. Now begins the actual cleaning process of the turquoise jewel. Check for any signs of dust having settled on the gem, just blow the dust away. Try not to wipe the stone to take away the dust and if you must use the cloth, wipe the stone very gently, do not press the cloth very hard against the gem. Take the piece of soft cloth and dip it in the water, then squeeze the water away. You now have a moist, soft cloth that is clean and not dripping wet. This is what you should use to wipe your turquoise ring or other jewel. Wipe the gemstone lightly, do not apply too much of force. Gentle dabs with the cloth, would suffice in most cases. This should be enough to clean turquoise gems, the jewel can now be left to dry on it's own. If you find that there is too much of moisture still stuck on the turquoise, use a soft dry cloth to gently dab it away. Do not use a hair dryer, blower or similar device to get the gem dry. If you have thoroughly understood the above procedure recommended to clean turquoise, you would have noticed that there is no need to soak the gem in water at all.

Still on the issue of cleaning turquoise gemstone jewelry but, now specific reference to silver turquoise jewelry. As you would know, all silver jewelry will tarnish and polishing is required to take away the tarnish. Silver turquoise rings are very popular, let us learn a few things about cleaning 925 silver turquoise gemstone jewelry. The polishing process used to take away tarnish from silver, would contain some chemical compounds. The objective is to make sure that these chemicals do not remain on the turquoise stone in the form of residues. There are two types of silver polish option, one is in the form of a thickish liquid. This needs to be smeared on the silver jewel, left for a while and then polished away. If you decide to use such lotions, try to keep the liquid away from the gemstone. The second option to polish a silver turquoise ring is in the form of a piece of fabric, the cloth is treated with the necessary chemicals. It is much easier to control the cloth than the liquid, just rub the metal portion of the turquoise jewel with the fabric. No matter which option you use to polish sterling silver jewelry with turquoise gems, you will need to ensure that no residue remains stuck to the gem. To handle this situation, here is a simple process - just make sure that you follow these instructions very precisely. Having cleaned the silver turquoise jewel, hold the ring in the hand with the gem pointing upward. Next, open a water tap that delivers water at room temperature (not hot water). We will now give a really quick rinse to the jewel and more specifically to the gem. For no more than 5 to 8 seconds, let the water run over the turquoise gem. Close the tap, take the jewel away and very gently dab the turquoise with a piece of soft, clean and dry cloth. 

Here is one last piece of advice. The above procedures to care for and clean turquoise gems works fine with stabilized turquoise or even for untreated turquoise gems. In the case of turquoise that is treated by the dyeing process or surface waxing process, the seller would ideally provide additional information and advice. There is not much standardisation in these turquoise treatments, the seller should know the specific characteristics of the gems sold to you.

Quick Reference

a. Turquoise is sensitive to heat.
b. Turquose can absorb liquids.
c. Turquoise should not be soaked in liquids.
d. Ultrasonic cleaning, not suitable for turquoise.
e. Keep turquoise away from physical impact.



Related Resources: 

Turquoise Gems     Turquoise Treatment     Caring For Turquoise   Reconstituted Turquoise  Stabilized Turquoise.


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