How to Maintain Gemstones

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Many people are wearing gemstones nowadays and most of them are very much concerned when it comes to their quality, genuineness and how to wear them but only a few people know or care that the gemstones need maintenance in order to keep giving their optimum results. Most people usually put gemstones once on their fingers or in a pendent and then forget about them altogether whereas they should make it a routine to take care of their gemstones on regular basis otherwise the gemstones they are wearing may not be able to perform optimally after a certain period of time. Accordingly the benefits associated with these gemstones may start reducing in numbers and quantum with the passage of time. So let’s look at few things we can do to get the most out of our gemstones for a longer period of time and let’s also know how to increase the lifespan of certain gemstones by keep certain things in mind.

Gemstones are basically of two types when it comes to durability or their lifespan. Ruby, Sapphires, Emerald, Hessonite and Cat’s Eye fall under the first category which has a very long lifespan whereas Pearl and Red Coral fall under the second category which has shorter lifespan and so they need to be replaced after some years depending on their quality. Starting with the first group which is a transparent group also, as we wear these gemstones and we start using them, layers of greasy material start depositing on their surfaces due to combined action of some oils, lubricants, greasy materials, dust and some other things that we come in contact with, every now and then.

Whereas most of us are very much aware of the formation of such deposits when it comes to the upper surface of the gemstones we wear, only a few of us ever bother to look at the lower surface of the gemstones and see what is happening there. The lower surface is the surface of the gemstones which touches your finger and is usually hidden from any eye contact. So the greasy deposits or layers of impurities start forming on this surface and we do not notice them as they are not visible to us most of the time unlike the deposits formed on the upper surface which we notice very soon and take care of them.

Such deposits of impurities start getting thicker and thicker with the passage of time and a time comes, when they start blocking the path of energy radiations that a gemstone receives from its corresponding planet. The rays are unable to pass through these impurities and hence they do not enter our body, which is the sole purpose of wearing gemstones.

As these deposits become thicker and thicker, a point comes when the major percentage of a gemstone is blocked by these impurities and it virtually stops working anymore. So we need to take care of the gemstones we wear on regular basis in order to make sure that no deposits form on the outer as well as inner surfaces of these gemstones. A simple test for checking it will be to remove the ring and then hold it in front of your eyes when there is bright light in the background. This way you’ll be able to see even the slightest of the deposits that may form on the surfaces of the gemstones. If you detect any such deposits, the next thing to do is to get rid of them.

The easiest and the most effective way to do that is to take a clean toothbrush and clean the surfaces of the gemstones by rubbing them with the brush while putting the gemstone under running water at the same time. In a matter of seconds, you’ll see that the deposits are gone and the gemstones are back to their original selves again. However, if the deposits are sticky and they don’t go away by simple action of brush and water, you can use some liquid soap or liquid detergent in small quantity to get rid of these deposits and get the gemstones back to their original shine and transparency. Repeating this process once a month is generally sufficient in most cases unless you are into something which involves dealing with greasy materials more than usual in which case you may need to repeat the above mentioned process every couple of weeks to make sure that your gemstones are in good condition to perform.

If the deposits are very sticky and you are not able to get rid of them even after brushing them under water or by using detergents, here is what you can do to get rid of them. Take warm water in a mug, put some hair shampoo in it and mix it. Put your rings or pendants in it for about 20-40 minutes and then get them out. Wipe them now with a cloth or brush and wash them with warm water afterwards. Your gemstones will be clean now.

Moving on to the next group of gemstones also known as the Opaque group, the kind of care you need to take in their case is very much different from the first group of gemstones. Pearl and Red Coral are not hard gemstones and they erode away with the action of Water, Detergents, Sweat and certain other things. So the first thing you need to do is to keep them away from water and especially detergents as the action of detergents can decrease the lifespan of these gemstones considerably. So if you’re wearing any of these two gemstones, make sure that you remove them before you wash your hands or do something that involves the action of fluids and detergents.

Formation of greasy deposits is not a big issue in this case as the outermost surfaces of these gemstones continuously keep vanishing and so the deposits also go away with them. But if you still find some deposits on these gemstones, the best way to remove them is by using a piece of wet cloth or a wet brush and wipe the deposits. If the deposits are greasy, use as little detergent or soap as you can and get rid of the deposits though not much is actually required to do in case of these gemstones as they keep eroding and new and fresh skin continuously keeps appearing. So what you need to do in case of these gemstones is to keep them away from the action of excessive fluids and detergents. Doing this will prolong their lifespan and you will need to replace them less often.

These are few simple but very effective methods that you should use for proper maintenance of the gemstones that you are wearing. Doing the things mentioned in this chapter will ensure that your gemstones keep working to their optimum potentials and they have the longest possible lifespan.


Himanshu Shangari