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Caring For Gemstones

Taking good care of your gemstones is important to preserve their beauty and ensure they last for many years. When caring for gemstones we must consider that different stones have differing levels of porosity and that must be accounted for in order to ensure that they are maintained in the best way. 

Here is a list of some of the more popular gemstones that are considered porous and how they should be cared for:

  1. Opal: Opals are highly porous and can be easily damaged by water or chemicals. They should be cleaned with a dry, soft cloth to avoid any damage.

  2. Pearl: Pearls are also highly porous and can be easily damaged by chemicals and water. They should be cleaned with a dry, soft cloth and stored separately from other jewelry to avoid scratching.

  3. Turquoise: Turquoise is a relatively porous gemstone that can be damaged by chemicals and excessive heat or sunlight. It should be cleaned with a soft, damp cloth and stored in a cool, dry place.

  4. Lapis lazuli: Lapis lazuli is a moderately porous gemstone that can be damaged by water and chemicals. It should be cleaned with a soft, damp cloth and stored in a cool, dry place.

  5. Amber: Amber is a porous gemstone that can be damaged by heat and chemicals. It should be cleaned with a soft, dry cloth and stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

It is important to note that the degree of porosity can vary depending on the specific gemstone and the quality of the stone. If you are unsure about how to clean or care for a particular gemstone, it is always best to consult a professional jeweler.

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