The beauty of gemstone jewelry to me is that I can play with color, shapes, and sizes to create a piece that is one of a kind. Streaks, stripes, veins, marks, and “imperfections” are what make each piece of gemstone jewelry unique and interesting-no two pieces will be exactly alike.
Gemstones are often treated to enhance the color, clarity, and stability of the stone. Heat can improve its color or clarity. The heating process has been well known to gem miners and cutters for centuries, and in many stone types heating is a common practice.
Turquoise, Pearl and Coral Care
Turquoise is inherently fragile and sensitive to solvents; perfume and other cosmetics may alter the color of turquoise gems, skin oils, and most commercial jewelry cleaning fluids. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight may also discolor or dehydrate turquoise. Care should therefore be taken when wearing such jewels. Cosmetics, including sunscreen and hair spray, should be applied before putting on turquoise jewelry. After use, turquoise should be gently cleaned with a soft cloth to avoid a buildup of residue, and should be stored in its own container to avoid scratching by harder gems.
Agate Care (Onyx, Botswana agate, Bamboo agate)
Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight may discolor. Care should therefore be taken when wearing such jewels. After use, agate should be gently cleaned with a soft cloth to avoid a buildup of residue, and should be stored in its own container to avoid scratching by harder gems.
Carnelian and Red Agate
When this gem stone is placed in the sun, its color will change for example; brown tints often change to red. Thus, we recommend storing your carnelian away from sunlight, occasionally polishing gently with a soft cloth.