How To Clean Gemstone Jewelry

At Kravit Jewelers, we understand that each piece of the gemstone jewelry you own tells a story, a testament to your unique style and journey. Ensuring these precious pieces maintain their vibrancy and shine is crucial. This blog post guides you through the process of cleaning and caring for your beloved gemstone jewelry, reflecting our commitment to customer satisfaction and our expertise honed over three generations.

Understanding Different Gemstones

Gemstones, much like the individuals who wear them, come in a diverse array of forms. Each gemstone has distinct characteristics that require careful handling during cleaning. This understanding is the cornerstone of our personalized service at Kravit Jewelers, where our passion for fine jewelry shines through.

General Cleaning Tips for Gemstone Jewelry

Before you immerse your jewelry in any cleaning solution, it's essential to inspect it carefully. Loose gemstones, weakened prongs, or chipped edges require professional attention. For general cleaning, prepare a mild soapy solution in lukewarm water. 

Gently clean your jewelry using a soft brush, rinse under lukewarm running water, and pat dry with a lint-free cloth. Regular maintenance like this keeps your pieces looking their best. However, remember that this method is not suitable for all gemstones.

How to Clean Hard Gemstones (Diamonds, Rubies, Sapphires)

Hard gemstones, resilient and durable, include diamonds, rubies, and sapphires. These can be cleaned using the general method described above. Yet, exercise care to ensure the setting is secure, and remember to rinse thoroughly to avoid soap residue.

How to Clean Soft Gemstones (Opals, Pearls, Turquoise)

Soft gemstones like opals, pearls, and turquoise need additional care. Instead of immersing them in soapy water, clean them with a moist cloth. Never expose these delicate gems to harsh chemicals or extreme heat, as they may cause damage.

Commercial Cleaning Products vs. Homemade Solutions

While commercial cleaning products are available, they often contain harsh chemicals that might not be suitable for all gemstones. On the other hand, homemade solutions, like mild dish soap, are often enough for most gemstone jewelry. But always remember to verify the compatibility of the cleaning method with the specific gemstone.

Protecting Gemstone Jewelry

Proper storage plays a vital role in preserving your gemstone jewelry. Store each piece separately to prevent scratches, and keep them in a cool, dry place. Regular checks for any wear and tear will help catch issues early on. Occasionally, consider a professional cleaning service, such as what we offer at Kravit Jewelers, especially for pieces with significant sentimental or monetary value.


Proper care and maintenance of your gemstone jewelry not only preserve its beauty but also the memories it embodies. At Kravit Jewelers, we believe in empowering our customers with knowledge, ensuring that your precious pieces can be cherished for generations to come.

To learn more about caring for your jewelry or to schedule a professional cleaning service, please contact us or make an appointment at our Oceanside, NY store. We look forward to welcoming you to the Kravit Jewelers family.

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