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Why only do ordinary when you could do extraordinary?

Amethyst is a beautiful gemstone renown for its range of unmistakable purple hues, from deep intense indigos to light and lovely lilacs. Amethyst jewelry was once reserved for religious leaders and royalty as a symbol of their stature and importance. Today, real amethyst jewelry is attainable to all, and is even considered to harbor special powers and bring good luck. 

If you collect amethyst jewelry, you’ll want to know how to care for and clean your amethyst pieces to keep them looking like new. Luckily, there are steps you can take at home to restore your amethyst’s brilliance.

Taking Care of Amethyst

Amethyst is a relatively durable gemstone that comes from the quartz family of minerals. It scores a 7 out of 10 for mineral hardness on the Mohs Scale which means it’s fairly resistant to scratches. Even so, it’s important to remember to take care when wearing your amethyst jewelry and protect it from sharp blows and excessive grime. When you’re not wearing your amethyst jewels, be sure to store each piece in its own soft cloth or container.

Steps For Cleaning At Home

Regular at home jewelry cleanings are recommended to ensure your purple stones maintain their shine and beauty. Twice a year is a good rule of thumb. However, for jewelry that is worn regularly consider cleaning more frequently to keep it free from the everyday buildup of dirt and oils.

Follow these steps for cleaning amethyst jewelry: 

  1. Heat up one cup of water so it is warm, but not too hot. In a small bowl, combine the warm water with a teaspoon of dye-free, bleach-free dish soap. Mix thoroughly to create a sudsy solution.
  2. Submerge your amethyst jewelry into the solution and leave it to soak for at least five minutes.
  3. Take a soft-bristle toothbrush and gently scrub the surfaces of your amethyst jewelry, taking care to get into any little nooks and crannies. Repeat the soak and scrub process as necessary.
  4. Rinse the piece under clean running water afterward to flush off any soap residue. Use a tightly woven microfiber or other soft cloth to dry and finish polishing.

Bring It To A Professional Jeweler

While these steps can be great for maintaining your favorite amethyst pieces at home, there’s no substitution for a proper professional cleaning. The pros have access to high-tech equipment like sonic baths and the technical training to properly handle different kinds of gemstones. Visiting a certified jewelry professional twice a year for inspections and cleanings is recommended to preserve the integrity of your fine jewelry. 

Be sure to bring your amethyst jewelry and other fine gemstones to Monarch Jewelry in the Orlando area for professional cleanings, custom consultations, and expert advice.