Care of More Fragile Gemstone Jewelry
Opal, emerald and tanzanite are more fragile gems, and require more care than other gemstones. The following tips will help protect these more fragile gems: avoid cleaning solutions, perfume and hair spray while wearing them.
Never use commercial cleaning solutions to clean them. Use only a soft cloth and lukewarm water. Don't boil or use hot water for cleaning. Store your opal and emerald jewelry in cotton, never plastic.
Never store these gemstones with other jewelry, as they are easily cracked and scratched. Never wear your opal jewelry in very cold weather, while washing dishes, or handling frozen foods. Extreme temperature variations may cause cracking.