The Right Jewelry for the Right Gemstone
Just because a gemstone is on the softer side, it doesn’t always mean you can’t wear it every day. For instance, opal and tanzanite are lower on the Mohs scale than a diamond or ruby. Choosing a bezel or v-shaped prong setting for the softer gemstones will add a layer of protection. Bezel settings wrap around the entire edge of a gemstone, offering protection from chipping around the edges if you accidently knock your jewelry against a hard surface.
Softer gemstones are also great options for a necklace or earrings, which are less likely to suffer accidental blows throughout the course of the day.
How and where you store your gemstone jewelry will also help keep your gemstones in great shape for longer. You don’t want harder gemstones to come in contact with softer ones. Only a diamond can scratch a diamond, but that diamond can scratch any gemstone with a lower hardness rating.
Exposure to the Elements
Our lifestyles expose us to varying elements on a daily basis, some of which can have an impact of your gemstones. Did you know stones like amethyst, citrine and topaz can actually fade over time as a result of their exposure to light? Storing these gemstones in a dark place when you’re not wearing them can help preserve the color.
Going camping or spending a few days out in the sun? It’s not a bad idea to keep these more light-sensitive gemstones stored away safely at home.
Heat exposure can also have an impact on gemstones over time. High temperatures can damage amber and pearls, so it’s a good idea to remove jewelry with those gemstones before cooking. A combination of heat exposure and spattering oils is not something you want to expose your beautifully-colored gemstones to regularly.
Regularly used chemicals like bleach and chlorine can also have an impact on your gemstones, potentially impacting the color and durability. Even your favorite perfume could damage porous gemstones like pearls, opal or amber – so you may want to put those on after you apply cologne or perfume.