A Guide to Safely Cleaning Pearls, Opals, and Amber

Organic gemstones like pearls, opals, and amber have unique chemical compositions compared to mineral gemstones like sapphires and diamonds. They are generally softer and more susceptible to damage from acids and chemicals found in cleaning products. This guide will help you care for your organic gemstone jewelry without causing harm.

How to clean pearl, coral, and amber jewelry:

  • Avoid submerging gemstones in water:
    Instead of immersing the gemstones in water, dampen a soft cloth with warm water and gently rub each stone individually. Refrain from pulling the stones through the cloth, as this could stretch or damage the string.

  • Use a soft brush for stubborn dirt:
    If persistent dirt remains on some of the gemstones, use a soft brush to gently remove the grime.

  • Dry gemstones with a lint-free cloth:
    To prevent discoloration, dry the gemstones using a lint-free cloth, paying special attention to drill holes and knots where excess moisture can accumulate. Gently blow on the stones or dab them with the cloth to remove moisture. Avoid using a hairdryer, as the heat can damage the gemstones.

  • Steer clear of steam, boiling water, or ultrasonic tools:
    These cleaning methods can cause irreversible damage to organic gems. Stick to gentle cleaning techniques to preserve the integrity and beauty of your jewelry.