AZGem Gems
January, 2009

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The World's Most Useful
Gem & Jewelry Monthly Newsletter

Written by Carolyn Doyle for customers of
The Dorado Company
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Jewelry and Gem Care


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Jewelry and gem care is a timely subject to review just after many have received jewelry gifts recently.

Jewelry and gem care techniques and machines vary... depending on the metal - and the gems - in the jewelry piece. 

While these new pieces will not require cleaning for a while, proper handling and storage should always be practiced.

Your other jewelry pieces should be cleaned at home on occasion, and professionally cleaned and inspected periodically. How often? The more you wear them, the more they need cleaning.

For gold pieces with diamonds...

The most common method is to use a commercial jewelry soaking and cleaning solution such as Hagerty or Connoisseur. These blue, green, or pink cleaning solutions are generally available from a local jewelry store.

Jewelry and gem care solutions like these usually come with a soaking tray and a soft bristle brush. Be sure to read and follow the direction that accompany the solution. When brushing a piece, do it over a towel on the counter. You don't want to drop a loose stone down the drain.

Some people make their own solution. You can read more about that in My very first newsletter. Some people advocate using products such as denture cleaner, Alke-Seltzer, or Windex.  

Jewelry and gem care solutions that are advertised as environmentally friendly "green" have appeared on the market In recent yearsjewelry and gem care

Jewelers routinely use an ultrasonic cleaning machine (top photo), and then a steamer. Home-use steamers are now available

Pearl Care

The iridescent nacre (outer) layer of a pearl is soft, and requires gentle cleaning and handling.

Clean pearls with a soft, lint free cloth and a solution of warm water and mild soap (no ammonia or detergent).

Put your pearls on last. Makeup, oils, creams, and perfume can damage pearls. Store your pearls so that they do not come into contact with other items.

Amber, opal, jade, and other porous stones

These stones can be cleaned using methods similar to pearls. Turquoise, lapis, onyx, and probably coral also fall into this category.

Colored Gems

Some colored gems are sensitive to ultrasonic machine cleaning. Apatite, aquamarine, emerald, diopside, kunzite, and tanzanite are the most common in jewelry. You will find a more complete listing on the Gem Care Guide page.

We have written several newsletter articles on this subject in the past that you may want to review for additional tips and insights...

The Chlorine Attack article is interesting and important. Chlorine can eat and damage metal. This can degrade the appearance of your jewelry...  and can cause gems tojewelry and gem tissue become loose, or even lost.

I do not recommend storing your jewelry in a jewelry chest... it seems to be a ready-to-go package for a thief. I like a drawer as I describe in the Jewelry Storage newsletter.

You can wrap silver and other pieces that rend to tarnish in jewelers (anti-tarnish) tissue, available from jeweler supplies houses. As you can see, it comes in long rolls.

A Google search using the search box below and the keyword phrase jewelry cleaning supplies   will show you a number of links and ads.




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Gem Industry News...


Retail Jewelry Gloom

2008 will be remembered as the year the world economy spiraled down tin a "crisis of confidence" as the months went by.

A number of major retailers have elected to go our of business as a result of having seen their expenses swell, and their cash flow wither.

Retail jewelry chains and long-established family jewelry stores are not immune to this business environment. Many will hold farewell GOB's (Going Out of Business Sales) now that the Christmas season is over.

We Thank You

In contrast we've had a good season, and a successful year.

Our ability to buy gem rough directly from the miners and aggregators allows us to have the gems cut and offered to our customers at exceedingly low prices.

 We appreciate your patronage!


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Jewelry Dealers


Our thanks also goes to our dealers. Your success brings success to all of us.

Now is the time to take a week to recharge... before you begin thinking of replenishing your depleted inventory.

And then the Tucson Gem Shows are only a month away.

Also, Valentine's Day is coming.

If this business wasn't so enjoyable, it could turn into work.



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Jewelry Dealers Program

Do you enjoy jewelry and gems?sapphire ring

Do you enjoy talking with friends and co-workers?

Could you use an extra income source?

Take a look at our great Jewelry Dealers Program.



Carolyn Doyle

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