How To Clean Gemstone Jewelry

There is a certain allure attached to the gleam of finely crafted gemstone jewelry. As connoisseurs of "fine jewelry" at G Marie Luxuries, we understand that the magnificence of your treasured pieces lies not only in their exquisite design but also in their immaculate upkeep. This article will serve as your guide to properly cleaning and maintaining the vibrancy of your gemstone jewelry.

Understanding Gemstones

Every gemstone is a unique masterpiece, each with its own set of characteristics. From the dazzling diamonds to the regal rubies, from the serene sapphires to the elegant emeralds, every gem has a different hardness and reacts differently to light, heat, and chemicals. Before beginning the cleaning process, it is crucial to identify your gemstone and understand its properties.

Precautions Before Cleaning Gemstone Jewelry

Treating your gemstones with the same respect and care as our "award-winning artisans" treat each custom design at G Marie Luxuries is paramount. Not all cleaning methods are suitable for every gemstone. Certain harsh chemicals and rough techniques can cause potential damage. Additionally, it is essential to consider the setting of your gemstone, as certain methods may loosen the stone.

General Cleaning Tips

Cleaning your gemstone jewelry at home requires minimal materials: a bowl of warm water, a soft brush, and mild soap. Begin by soaking your jewelry piece in warm soapy water for a few minutes. Then, gently scrub the work with a soft brush to remove any accumulated dirt. Rinse under warm running water and pat dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.

Specific Cleaning Instructions for Different Types of Gemstones

Every gemstone warrants a unique cleaning approach. Diamonds, for example, can endure a more vigorous cleaning process compared to delicate opals or pearls. Let's delve into the specifics:

  • Diamond: Known for its supreme hardness, diamonds can be cleaned using a mix of warm water and mild dish soap. You may also use a specialized jewelry cleaning solution. Avoid touching the diamond with your fingers as oils can dull its shine.
  • Ruby: This durable gemstone can be cleaned with warm soapy water. Rubies can be taken to a professional cleaner for a more thorough cleaning.
  • Emerald: Unlike diamonds and rubies, emeralds are more delicate. Avoid exposing them to hot water or harsh cleaning solutions. Use room temperature soapy water instead.
  • Sapphire: Sapphires are relatively complex and can be cleaned with warm soapy water or a commercial jewelry cleaner.
  • Opal & Pearl: These gemstones are very delicate and porous. Use a soft, damp cloth to clean them. Never soak them in water or expose them to harsh chemicals or extreme heat.

Remember, these are general guidelines. When in doubt, always consult a professional jeweler.

Professional Cleaning and Maintenance

As purveyors of "designer jewelry," we at G Marie Luxuries recommend regular professional cleaning to maintain the luster and integrity of your gemstone pieces. Professionals use ultrasonic cleaners, steam cleaners, or other methods that can reach places typically inaccessible at home. However, routine at-home cleaning can significantly extend the time between professional cleanings.


Your gemstone jewelry is more than just an accessory—it's a statement, a testament to your unique style and taste. Keep them gleaming with regular care and professional maintenance when necessary. Experience the luxury of well-maintained gemstone jewelry and continue to create unforgettable impressions wherever you go.

Now that you know how to care for your precious pieces, why not explore our designer collections or consider creating your one-of-a-kind piece at G Marie Luxuries? We invite you to experience our concierge services and see the artistry of our featured artisans firsthand.