Caring for your Gemstones

Gemstones catch the eye, there’s no doubt about that. A great looking stone can brighten up a day and certainly lighten up a heart. However, just like anything, gemstones can become dirty, with use, or just because they are left lying around. This of course means they have to be cleaned now and again – but how? Well, here’s a guide on how to clean your gems, whether a February birthstone, or otherwise.

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Fortunately, in the case of most stones including a February birthstone, it is possible to clean them with some soapy water and a soft brush. Just wipe them off afterwards with a nice soft cloth. If you want a little extra shine, soaking the stone in an alcohol solution for a few seconds can really help. This often brings the shine right back up, allowing you to look great whatever the occasion.


Though diamonds are tough, they’re not impossible to scratch. When storing diamonds keep them away from anything abrasive, or with a sharp edge as it may end up scraping the stone and causing you a lot of disappointment. Rubies and sapphires are also prone to scratches and should also be stored alone and minded in the same manner.

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The pearl can last for decades and even hundreds of years – alive. Pearls have a skin which helps them keep their shine, however these are porous and so take in skins oils and other outside factors, such as salts. Though quite strong, they should be kept away from makeup and creams. If they do end up touching such outside factors, wipe them clean with a soft cloth.


This is one of the most susceptible stones to outside factors and should be kept away from direct light for periods, as well as cleaning products. They are also quite sensitive to heat and cold and should never be worn in extreme temperatures. If they do get dirty or tarnished take them to your jeweller and ask for their advice – never clean them with detergent.


Like the emerald, aquamarine is also a very sensitive gem and should not be treated roughly, subjected to changes in temperature, or heat. If it does get dirty you can clean it with a warm water, but don’t rub as this may leave a mark. If in doubt, bring it to your jeweller.


This stone is quite strong, but if it receives a hard bang it may crack or split. It is also quite poor in heat and cold and may be damaged by rapid increases or decreases in temperature. However, it can be cleaned in soapy water, but again should not be rubbed.


This stone is also very common and also very fragile and can break if it is subject to an impact – so take it off before any activities of the sporting, or cleaning nature. It can be cleaned with water, but may be damaged if rubbed.

The best way to keep jewellery is to place it in small bags and place it inside your jewellery box, otherwise it’s prone to breakage – obviously something to be avoided if you have a prized February birthstone, or a beautiful engagement ring.

Amehyst, the February birthstone, Bloodstone and Onyx as well as others not mentioned should all be cared for in a similar manner and if in doubt take them to the professionals.

Parriss Jewellers offer a varied selection of jewellery styles featuring the february birthstone, Amethyst.
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Buyer’s Guide to Fine Diamond and Gemstone Rings

When it comes to gemstome and fine diamond rings, it is important that you are a wise buyer. The search for the ideal jewellery depends upon the preference of the purchaser. Fine diamonds are the most popular but gemstone rings are also becoming a fashionable choice.

Fine Diamond Rings

Diamonds are available in a wide variety of forms. When selecting the diamond ring, make sure that it is appropriate for the occasion. A diamond engagement ring is suitable for wedding bands and as promise rings. For elegant look, a three stone diamond ring can be an excellent gift.

Budget should also be considered. Before buying, always evaluate first your own finances to determine how much you can spend. There is an unlimited number of styles for diamond rings. After you have considered the occasion and your budget, you can now look at the appearance of the jewellery.

Size and quality should also be carefully assessed. Some are not comfortable with the weight of diamond jewellery while others will go for low priced rings not knowing that these are low in quality as well.

Gemstone Rings

Gemstone rings are a favourite of both men and women. These are very attractive with their colours but that is not the only reason why people like them. Many see them as therapeutic and even have healing effects.

There are two types of gemstones namely precious and semi-precious. The ones that are considered precious include sapphire, ruby, diamond and emerald. It all comes down to the rarity of the stone. Meanwhile, the semi-precious ones include all the other gemstones. However, when used in commercial context, it can be misleading.

As mentioned, gemstone rings are not only beautiful but they also have healing properties as believed by other people. For instance, amethyst which is the semi precious stone is a spiritual stone and can be used for meditation and healing.

When searching for fine diamond and gemstone rings, you will need to think ahead before you buy. If you will be wearing the jewellery on a particular occasion, you should consider the clothes that you will be wearing.

It is also required that you ask questions first. Talk to the seller and ask for advice from your friends. You can also check what the other jewellery lovers are saying from the web. This will give you an idea as to what is in and what is fashionable right now.

Krishna Rae loves exclusive diamond rings collection. She also published a guide on understanding fine diamond rings on another blog.

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What Are Clarity Enhanced Diamonds?

Shopping for diamond engagement rings means that you have probably already been introduced to the 4 C’s of diamond shopping. Clarity is often one of the most important aspects of an engagement ring diamond, so it’s easy to see why many people are opting to get clarity enhanced diamonds for their sweethearts. But, what exactly are they? Why are they so special? Are they worth the money? This guide will tell you all about them.

Diamond Characteristics

Clarity enhanced diamonds are exactly what you would expect them to be – they are diamonds that have had their clarity rating upgraded by means of special laboratory procedures. These kinds of procedures  can upgrade a diamond’s clarity while keeping the price of the diamond lower than it would be had it been naturally produced. The diamonds that are treated are still natural diamonds, and only a professional who is quite experienced would be able to tell the difference between a treated diamond and an untreated gem.

Diamond Value

The perks are easy to see – the diamond that you will get will be cheaper, and it also will look much more beautiful on her ring. You’ll get a bigger ring, for the same budget. Believe it or not, rarity is also a big benefit to getting diamond clarity  enhancement. The diamonds which are chosen for clarity enhancement treatments are not as common as you would think. Only .25% of all diamonds can actually be enhanced, so the diamond that you get from a clarity enhancement specialist is going to be a rare find, indeed! This is because most of the imperfections that it clears are microfractures in the stone that occur due to the shaping process. Feathering is the main form of inclusion that is removed from clarity enhanced diamonds.

There is one major pitfall to clarity enhanced diamonds, and that would be the value of the diamond itself. If you are looking for resale purposes, a natural diamond is always going to be valued more than a manufactured diamond. This is simply a jewelry industry standard, but the fact is that it’s a standard that is very heavily adhered to. Most of the time, women will not care whether the diamond is “au naturale” or clarity enhanced; they just care that they need to pick out wedding dresses. It also is worth mentioning that low quality enhancements might not actually withstand the tests of time. Is it worth it? It’s up to you to decide.

If you choose to get a clarity enhanced diamond, you will love the way your diamond will sparkle in light. It’s a favorite of many jewelers who enjoy looking at flawless (or nearly flawless) gems. The only way to tell whether or not a jewel is worth your time is to ask a jeweler that you trust, and to start examining wedding rings as soon as you can.


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