Amethyst – Maintenance
Amethyst is a fairly strong gem, yet is not quite as durable as other popular stones – the diamond, for example – so it’s important to maintain appropriate care as to ensure a long lifespan.
Exposure and Cleaning
First, there are a few elements that shouldn’t be exposed to this gem. Liquids include chlorine and salt water, which both can significantly deteriorate the stone’s natural iron impurities that make the stone’s color so unique. Other forms of exposure to avoid are high heat or direct sunlight, as these tend to create a yellowish hue in the stone over several years.
Amethysts typically collect a lot of oil, dirt and makeup from everyday use, so the most effective way to keep your stone’s shimmering luster is to perform routine cleaning at home. Here are five easy-to-follow steps:
- Fill a container or sink with warm water – enough to completely immerse the stone. As the water fills the container, pour in a teaspoon of mild liquid soap to the bottom, and add a little to the gem’s surface. If necessary, use a towel or other similar material to protect both the sink and the geode from scratching.
- Let the amethyst soak in the mixture for 15 to 20 minutes to help dirt and oils loosen.
- Use is a soft-bristled brush to lightly scrub the surface. If you have multiple stones in one piece of jewelry, be sure to scrub gently in the crevices, so as to not break off any of the smaller stones.
- After lightly scrubbing, rinse thoroughly with room-temperature distilled water. Using distilled water ensures any impurities that could leave behind residue, including mineral deposits, are completely removed.
- Use a soft cloth to dab and wipe away any water droplets. Then, place the gem in a safe, cool place to fully dry.