At first it seems quite strange that we need to devote an entire article on, how to clean an emerald ring. But once you understand the characteristics of the emerald gemstone, you will do a better job of cleaning emerald rings. So before we get into the details of how to clean your emerald ring, let us first understand the main properties of the emerald gem stone. Firstly, you should know that the emerald gemstone has a good hardness rating of around 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale. This is considered to be a good hardness for any gemstone used in jewelry. However, the gemstone has a number of natural inclusions and fissures. These get trapped in the emerald through the millions of years that it takes the gemstone to be created. Emerald lovers refer to these as ‘birth marks’ within the gemstone. These natural inclusions are responsible for adding a degree of brittleness to the gemstone. This is one of the features that needs to be considered when cleaning an emerald ring. Hitting the gemstone against a hard water tap or wash basin could damage the gemstone.
The second factor that calls for special attention when cleaning emerald rings is related to the inclusions and fissures present in all emeralds. For centuries, man has treated emeralds with special natural oils. These oils seep into the fissures present in the emerald and smoothen out their visible appearance. The oil also has a ‘binding’ effect on the emerald gemstone and is expected to enhance it’s durability. It is necessary that any cleaning process for an emerald ring does not dry up the natural oils in the emerald gemstone. For this reason, strong detergents and solvents and even ultrasonic cleaners are not recommended to clean an emerald ring. Soaking an emerald in hot water would also affect the oils used to treat the gemstone, this will have a negative effect on the beauty of your emerald gemstone ring.
We will now provide a few simple instructions on, how to clean an emerald ring. Keep the above mentioned properties of the emerald gemstone in mind and the whole process gets a lot simpler. Take a small bowl of clean and cool (room temperature is fine) water, keep a soft clean and dry cloth at hand. Dip the emerald ring in the water bowl for a about 10 seconds and take it out. Place it on the clean and soft cloth and gently dab it dry. If prongs are used to set the emerald gemstone, be sure not to let the cloth get stuck in the prongs. This might cause the prongs to open up and loosen the gemstone. Cleaning an emerald ring should not be done more than once or twice a month. Never use soap water or other detergents when to clean your emerald ring, these solvents could affect the oils in the gemstone. Also remember not to soak the emerald ring for more than 8 to 10 seconds during the cleaning process. It is not advisable to clean emerald rings in ultrasonic cleaners so keep the ring away from such equipment.
In general, your emerald ring will not be a cheap jewel. For this reason, reserve it for special occassions and it will not require cleaning very often. Chemicals in hair and perfume sprays could also affect the emerald gemstone. For this reason, let your emerald ring be the last thing that you wear when dressing up. And, let it be the first thing that you take off when you return home. Every gemstone has it’s own characteristics, understanding these will allow you to get maximum satisfaction from your jewelry.