Stone Care

 

Rough Diamond Care

 

Hardness and toughness
Gem and mineral hardness is measured on the Mohs scale. The numbers are based on the relative ease or difficulty with which one mineral can be scratched by another.

Diamonds are 10 in the MOHs scale of hardness, being the hardest natural stone in the scale has excellent toughness, and it is suitable for all jewellery types.

Care: 

Hair products, dust and daily wear all play a role in affecting the brilliance of your jewellery.

 

Cleaning: 

Your diamonds should be done with care using warm, soapy water. Apply the solution with a soft bristle brush, residue and dust will be removed instantly. Diamonds can be cleansed in an ultrasonic cleaner very successfully. As diamonds can cope with strong heat they are also suitable for steam cleaning.

Caring for your Amethyst

 

Hardness and toughness
Gem and mineral hardness is measured on the Mohs scale. The numbers are based on the relative ease or difficulty with which one mineral can be scratched by another.

While amethyst is a great gemstone for use in jewellery, it should be treated with the proper care to prevent scratching and other damage.

Amethyst rates a 7 on the Mohs scale and has good toughness, so it is suitable for all jewellery types. This includes rings as long as the wearer understands the limits of its hardness.

A ranking of 7 on the Mohs scale means amethyst is a durable jewellery gem as long as proper precautions are followed to prevent scratching.

Care:

The colour of amethysts can fade, especially when heat is applied to them so care needs to be taken when washing up or putting your hands into hot water. The application of sudden heat can cause the stone to shatter so avoid steam cleaning. Amethysts can also be damaged by hydrofluoric acid, ammonium fluoride and alkaline solutions.

Cleaning:

Cleaning Amethysts should be done carefully; they should cope well with ultrasonic cleaners provided there are no fractures in the stone. They should be washed in warm soapy water.