In addition to rare coins and bullion, Great American Coin is proud to offer a wide selection of natural gemstones and jewels! With their natural beauty and luster, precious jewels make for great gifts. However, much like other types of jewelry, natural wear and tear can be inevitable. Therefore, it’s important to know how to properly take care of your jewels and gemstones.

Soap and water

Many gemstones require unique care and treatment in order to prevent damage. For that reason, your safest bet is old-fashioned soap and water. Just combine a bowl of warm water with a few drops of liquid dish detergent (like Dawn) and soak gemstones for five minutes.

Use a soft brush

One of the safest ways to clean your precious jewels is with a soft-bristle tooth brush. The brush must be soft, or you risk damaging the gemstone. Warm soapy water and a soft brush will often do the trick. After cleaning, rinse in warm water and dry with a soft cloth.

Household glass cleaner

Another popular cleaning method among jewelers and gemologists is to cleanse precious jewels with glass cleaner. After you let your jewels soak in lukewarm, soapy water, transfer them into another bowl filled with glass cleaner and let them sit for a couple minutes. The glass cleaner will remove any oil and dirt, leaving your precious jewels looking vibrant and shiny!

Store gemstones separately

This last step is very important: Store your precious pieces carefully. You should always keep precious jewels in separate boxes or wrapped individually in a soft cloth. Gemstones can scratch easily, especially when they’re in necklaces, rings and other settings.

If you are ever nervous about how to properly clean jewelry at home, take it to a jeweler. Natural gemstones and jewels are an investment and should be treated as such. With a little tender loving care, your precious jewels will give you many years of enjoyment and may even become an heirloom piece for generations to come!

Gary Dyner is the owner of Great American Coin Company. Connect with him on 

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