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How to Clean Sapphires:

Sapphire is one of the hardest and most durable gemstones.  Sapphire is the second strongest jewel on the Mohs mineral hardness scale, second only to the diamond.  Due to its durability and scratch resistance Sapphire is used in many high end watch crystals.

Although most commonly known as a blue gemstone, it occurs in a wide variety of colours, including pink, orange and golden-yellow.  The most highly valued blue sapphires are velvety blue to violet blue, in medium to medium dark tones. The saturation should be as strong as possible without darkening the colour and compromising brightness.

The best way to clean a sapphire is to immerse the jewellery in Connoisseurs Dazzle Drops Advanced or Connoisseurs Jewellery Cleaner and use the small bristle brush to clean between the prongs and crevices.  Rinse with lukewarm water and dry with a lint free cloth.  When traveling or on the go the Connoisseurs Diamond Dazzle Stik will clean a sapphire to its original brilliant shine.  Just wet the brush of the Connoisseurs Diamond Dazzle Stik and twist until the blue gel is dispensed on to the brush.  The specially designed brush makes it easy to clean the sapphire, the setting and between prongs.  Rinse your jewellery in lukewarm water and dry with a lint free cloth.

 

How to clean a Citrine:

Citrine is a beautiful gemstone often mistaken for yellow or golden Topaz.  Part of the quartz family the citrine ranges in colours from honey yellow to Madeira-red.

The best way to clean a Citrine is to use Connoisseurs Delicate Jewellery Cleaner.  First, put the stopper in the sink. Immerse the jewellery in the jar of cleaner for a few minutes. Use the strainer to remove the jewellery and brush it gently. Use the specialized brush to get between prongs and under the setting to remove any build-up that prevents the stone from looking its best. Finally, rinse the jewellery under warm water and dry with a lint free cloth.

Interested in knowing more about citrine?  We invite you to read Connoisseurs’ recently blog at Obsessed by Jewellery:  November Birthstone:  Citrine, Juicy Colour Gems for Fall.

 

How to Clean Tourmaline:

Tourmaline occurs in the widest array of colours of any gemstone species. It is also known for exhibiting many colours in one gemstone. These bi or tri-colour gems are formed in many combinations and are highly prized. Tourmalines may be heat treated to improve their colour. Stones that have been treated could fade if exposed to heat or bright light. Tourmalines are a fairly hard stone rating 7-7.5 on the Moh’s hardness scale.  However, care should still be taken to protect form scratches or sharp blows.

The best way to clean tourmaline jewellery is to use Connoisseurs Jewellery Cleaner.  Place your jewellery in the dip tray and submerge in the jar of cleaner for 30 seconds.  Brush your jewellery with the brush provided and rinse in lukewarm water.  Dry with a lint-free cloth.

 

How to Clean an Emerald:

Most emeralds sold at jewellery stores are enhanced in some way.  Emeralds can be treated with oils or other fillers to enhance their beauty.  Because of this we recommend cleaning emerald jewellery with our Connoisseurs Dazzle Drops Advanced, Connoisseurs Jewellery Cleaner, Connoisseurs Delicate Jewellery Cleaner or Connoisseurs Diamond Dazzle Stik.

The best way to clean an emerald is to submerge your emerald jewellery in the liquid cleaner only one minute or just wet the brush and jewellery with the cleaner and use the brush to clean your jewellery without submerging it in the liquid. Rinse with warm water.  Dry with a lint free cloth.

If you use the Connoisseurs Diamond Dazzle Stik, wet the brush and jewellery with water, turn the end of the Connoisseurs Diamond Dazzle Stik until the blue cleaner appears on the brush.  Use the brush to clean the jewellery between prongs and under the setting.  Next, rinse with warm water and dry with a lint free cloth.

Do not use ultrasonic machines on emeralds.

If you are interested in emeralds, check out these articles at Obsessed by Jewellery | Your Go-To Guide To Everything Jewellery.

 

How to Clean Aquamarine:

Aquamarine is the birthstone for the month of March.  It belongs to the gemstone family the beryl, the same as the Emerald.  Its name implies a connection to water, hence its long association with the tranquil blue of the sea.

The best way to clean aquamarine gemstones is with Connoisseurs Dazzle Drops Advanced, Connoisseurs Delicate Jewellery Cleaner.  Submerge the jewellery in the cleaner using the strainer.  Let it sit in the liquid cleaner for a few minutes.  Next, remove the jewellery using the strainer and brush the jewellery with the specialized jewellery brush.  Make sure to use the brush to get between the prongs and under the stone.  Rinse with warm water and dry with a lint free cloth.

To maintain its brilliance it’s necessary to clean your jewellery frequently so oils, lotions and dirt will not build up on the stones surface and cause it to look dull.  Ultrasonic machines are not recommended.

Do you love aquamarine? Obsessed by Jewellery has articles featuring aquamarine, click here>>

 

How to Clean Pearls:

All throughout the ages pearls have been known for their beautiful warm glow and shimmering iridescence.  While wearing pearls is quite the classic fashion statement, protecting the delicate outer layer of the pearl, the nacre, is of utmost importance.

Put your pearls on as one of the last things you do when you’re getting ready to go out.  Makeup, lotions, perfumes or hairsprays can coat the pearl and give it a dull appearance.  However, the good news is the more you wear your pearls the more the natural oils on your skin will enhance the pearls’ luster. Never use harsh chemicals such as ammonia to clean your pearls; it will strip the nacre leaving you with a dull pearl.

The best way to clean pearls is to use Connoisseurs Dazzle Drops Advanced, Connoisseurs Delicate Jewellery Cleaner.  It’s a mild detergent made for cleaning pearls and other delicate gems.  Dip a soft cotton cloth in the cleaner and gently rub the pearls.  You can also dip the entire strand of pearls in the container of cleaner; however you will need to make sure they dry completely before wearing them to ensure the silk string does not stretch. Place them on a dry clean cloth and let air dry overnight.  When you’re done wearing your pearls store them separately to avoid them from getting scratched.

Check out this article on Obsessed by Jewellery on what’s trending in pearls.

 

 

How to clean an Amethyst:

Amethyst is the birthstone for February and is the most valued quartz variety. The amethyst colour ranges from reddish purple (most rare) to purple.

Amethyst was as valuable as ruby and emerald until the 19th Century, when Brazil’s large deposits were discovered.

Wondering how to clean an amethyst?

To maintain the brilliance of this gemstone, it should be cleaned regularly in Connoisseurs Dazzle Drops Advanced, Connoisseurs Jewellery Cleaner or Connoisseurs Delicate Jewellery Cleaner. First, close the stopper in your sink before cleaning your jewellery.  Next, submerge your jewellery in the jar of jewellery cleaner for a few minutes.  Remove the jewellery using the strainer and brush it gently using our specialized cleaning brush.  Make sure you use the brush to clean under the stone and in between prongs.  Rinse the jewellery with warm water and dry with a lint free cloth.  As with all gemstones, care should be taken to protect it from scratches and sharp blows.

Interested in learning more about Amethysts?  Check out our blog for more articles about this beautiful gemstone by clicking here>>

 

How to clean a Garnet:

January’s birthstone, Garnet, is from a large family of gemstones which occur in every shade except blue. The most familiar of the Garnet family is the brownish red colour. To maintain the brilliance of the Garnet it should be cleaned regularly. With all gemstones, care should be taken to protect it from scratches and sharp blows. The best way to clean a garnet is to use Connoisseurs Dazzle Drops Advanced, Connoisseurs Jewellery Cleaner. First, close the stopper on the sink. Next, immerse your jewellery in the jar of cleaner for a few minutes. Use the strainer to remove your jewellery and gently brush the stone with the specialized cleaning brush. Make sure to get under and around the prongs of the setting to remove all the build-up that can occur with daily wearing. Rinse your jewellery with lukewarm water under the sink and dry with a lint free cloth. Ultrasonic machines are not recommended.

 

How to clean Turquoise:

Turquoise, one of the birthstones for the month of December, varies in colour from greenish blue to sky blue shades and its transparency ranges from translucent to opaque. Turquoise is a soft stone so care should be taken to protect it from scratches, sharp blows, and hot water and household chemicals.

The best way to clean turquoise jewellery is to use Connoisseurs Dazzle Drops Advanced or Connoisseurs Delicate Jewellery Cleaner. First, put the stopper in the sink. Next, immerse the jewellery for a minute in the jar of jewellery cleaner. Use the strainer to remove the jewellery and brush it gently. Use the specialized brush to get between prongs and under the setting to remove any build-up that prevents the stone from looking its best. Rinse the jewellery under warm water and dry with a lint free cloth. Do not use an ultrasonic machine.

 

How to clean a Zircon:

Zircon, one of the birthstones for the month of December, comes in array of beautiful colours blue, orange, green, yellow, honey, brown and red. Colourless zircon is used in jewellery to imitate the look of a diamond. However, it is not as high on the Moh’s scale of hardness as a diamond and can scratch if it rubs against anything harder than itself. Care should be taken to protect it from scratches, sharp blows, abrasives and extreme temperature. To maintain the brilliance of this gemstone, it should be cleaned regularly to keep it free from everyday build-up that can occur when worn frequently.

The best way to clean a Zircon gemstone is to use Connoisseurs Dazzle Drops Advanced or Connoisseurs Jewellery Cleaner. First, put the stopper in the sink. Immerse the jewellery in the jar of cleaner for a few minutes. Use the strainer to remove the jewellery and brush it gently with the specialized jewellery brush. Use the specialized brush to get between prongs and under the setting to remove any build-up that prevents the stone from looking its best. Rinse the jewellery under warm water and dry with a lint free cloth. Do not use an ultrasonic machine.

 

How to clean Tanzanite:

Tanzanite is beautiful violet-blue stone and is found only in Tanzania where it was discovered in 1967. It is one of the birth stones for the month of December.

Tanzanite has a hardness of 6.5 to 7.0 on the Mohs’ scale; therefore it is more susceptible to wear and tear than a diamond or sapphire. You should take care to protect it from scratches, sharp blows and extreme temperatures. Ultrasonic cleaning of tanzanite is not recommended.

The best way to clean Tanzanite is to use Connoisseurs Dazzle Drops Advanced or Connoisseurs Delicate Jewellery Cleaner. First, put the stopper in the sink. Immerse the jewellery in the jar of cleaner for a few minutes. Use the strainer to remove the jewellery and brush it gently. Use the specialized brush to get between prongs and under the setting to remove any build-up that prevents the stone from looking its best. Then rinse the jewellery under warm water and dry with a lint free cloth.

 

How to clean and care for a ruby:

The ruby is the birthstone for July. For centuries rubies have been a treasured gemstone among royalty because of their unique properties amongst other gemstones. The ruby is a very strong stone and is rivalled only by the diamond on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. Although this durable stone easily stands up to the rigors of everyday wear a ruby like any other gemstone can chip and crack due to a blunt impact. It’s a good idea to remove your ruby before doing any household chores or other tasks. It’s also a good idea to remove it before applying lotions hair products or perfumes to ensure less build-up on the stones surface which can dull and cloud the stones appearance. To keep your ruby looking its best, clean it frequently with Connoisseurs Dazzle Drops Advanced, Connoisseurs Jewellery Cleaner or Connoisseurs Diamond Dazzle Stik both formulated to be safe on precious gems. Use the specially designed brush to get underneath the stone and prongs where build-up occurs and interferes with the stones sparkle. Doing these steps will ensure your ruby stays brilliant for years and years.

 

How to clean a Pandora bracelet:

Pandora uses silver or gold as the base metal, any silver and gold charms can be cleaned with our Connoisseurs Precious Jewellery Cleaner and then use our silver or gold Connoisseurs Polishing Cloth or try our dry disposable Connoisseurs Jewellery Wipes to really make it shine. The charms that are made with other materials (glass or enamel) should be cleaned using our Connoisseurs Delicate Jewellery Cleaner.

 

How to clean a diamond ring:

Think about your cherished diamond ring. You probably wear it every day, and perhaps have wondered, what is the best way to clean a diamond ring?

A diamond is the hardest stone on earth, but this doesn’t mean it won’t get dirty or isn’t susceptible to damage. You don’t ever want to use household cleaners to clean your diamond because it may be harmful. To be safe you should always take off your jewellery when doing household chores and any time you’re using chemicals. There are times when you can’t avoid getting hairspray, moisturizers or other substances on your ring. This will dull the brilliance of the stone and it won’t sparkle like new. You should clean diamonds frequently to keep the build-up off your stone, for it to look its best.

The best way to clean your diamond is to use  and Connoisseurs Dazzle Drops Advanced, Connoisseurs Jewellery Cleaner, Connoisseurs Diamond Dazzle Stik or Connoisseurs Sonic Dazzle Stik. These products have been specifically formulated to be safe for cleaning diamonds. Start by closing the drain on your sink. If you’re using Connoisseurs Jewellery Cleaner, it’s easy, open the jar and soak your diamond for a few minutes. Take the ring out using the strainer and brush your jewellery. Rinse with warm water and dry with a lint free cloth. If you’re using the Connoisseurs Diamond Dazzle Stik take off the cap and twist the end until you see the blue gel come out of the brush. Wet your jewellery and brush your diamond. Make sure you brush all the surfaces of the diamond and get between the prongs, underneath the diamond and behind the setting. The bristles are specially made to get in these tight spaces. Once you’re done brushing the diamond, rinse it with warm water. Use a lint free cloth to dry.