Silver ring with turquoise stone inside

Tips for Making Your Jewelry Stay Beautiful

Turquoise jewelry is lovely, but it is not a hard stone, and needs to be handled with care in order to keep it beautiful. If it is not cared for properly, turquoise can become discolored or even damaged. By following these instructions for storage, cleaning, and caring for your turquoise, you can make sure that your jewelry stays beautiful for years to come.

Storing Turquoise Jewelry

Because turquoise is a softer stone than many other gemstones, take care to store turquoise separately from your other jewelry. Storing turquoise with other gemstones may cause your jewelry to end up with scratches. Consider wrapping your turquoise in tissue paper when not in use. Turquoise should be kept out of extreme temperatures, and you should avoid exposing your jewelry to the sun for prolonged periods of time. This could cause the stone to change color or crack. Unless you live in a climate that is mild year-round, turquoise should not be stored in the attic or in a shed, as this could cause it to be exposed to extreme temperatures. If your turquoise is set in silver, placing your jewelry in a sealed plastic bag, particularly with an anti-tarnish strip, will help prevent your jewelry from tarnishing.

Cleaning Your Jewelry

Commercial jewelry cleaners are good for many types of jewelry, but not for turquoise. The chemicals will eat away at the stone and damage it. Even mild cleansers and soap can damage turquoise, so it is best to avoid them. Ultrasonic and steam cleaners should never be used to clean turquoise. You shouldn't submerge your turquoise in water either. If your turquoise jewelry is submerged in water, dry as soon as possible with a soft cloth. Use water and soft brushes to clean turquoise, and dry with a soft cloth. If your turquoise is set in silver and the silver tarnishes, rub the jewelry with a cloth designed for polishing silver. This is safe on the stones, and will even help them shine.

Caring for Turquoise

Turquoise needs to be handled carefully. Put on turquoise jewelry after you put on makeup and perfume. Avoid wearing turquoise jewelry while working around the house or the yard, and avoid wearing turquoise while performing any other activity that is rough on your hands. Avoid using grease, soap, or hot water while wearing your jewelry. Don't swim with your jewelry, whether in the ocean or the swimming pool. The water can soak into the porous stone and damage it.