Many people are clueless when it comes to keeping their stone body jewelry clean. Harsh abrasives work well on durable metals and gemstones, but they aren’t intended for use on stone jewelry. Using the wrong cleaning agent or method can permanently destroy your stone body jewelry. Make sure you use the right supplies and procedures when you clean your hematite, quartz, turquoise and amber jewelry.
It’s always good to take pride in your belongings and keep them looking nice, but that’s not the only reason you should clean your stone body jewelry. Stone jewelry tends to absorb odors fairly easily, leaving you with a chance of smelling nearly as bad as your neighbor’s overflowing trash can. Dirty jewelry also harbors bacteria and other unpleasant organisms that don’t belong on your piercings.
No special supplies are needed if you want to clean your stone body jewelry. All you need is warm water, a mild antibacterial soap and a soft cloth or brush. If you use a toothbrush or jewelry brush, make sure the bristles are extremely soft. Rough bristles will scratch and damage your stones.
HOW TO DO IT
Gently place each piece of stone body jewelry into a bowl of warm, soapy water and rub your fingers around the stone. Use a brush or cloth if your jewelry has excessive amounts of dirt or debris. After removing dirt and residue, dunk each piece of jewelry into a bowl of clean water or under a running faucet. Lay flat to dry for a minimum of 12 hours. A tiny dab of olive oil adds shine and luster to most stones, but be careful not to apply too much.