Why is Turquoise Jewelry Special?
Turquoise jewelry is not only beautiful but also holds cultural and historical significance. It has been used for centuries in various civilizations and is believed to have protective and healing properties. To ensure your turquoise jewelry retains its beauty and value, proper care and cleaning are essential.
What Should You Avoid?
When it comes to cleaning turquoise jewelry, there are a few things you should avoid:
- Liquids: Never expose your Calli Co. jewelry to moisture. To cushion the stone and ensure a tight fit, most stones are set on a bed of sawdust or cork. When exposed to moisture this will expand and can push the stone from its setting or crack the stone. Chemicals found in certain water can discolor the silver and/or stone. Always remove rings before washing your hands or using hand sanitizer or lotions.
- Chemicals: Avoid chemicals like ammonia or chlorine, most household cleaning products, and products like lotions and oils.
- Ultrasonic Cleaners: Turquoise is a porous gemstone, and ultrasonic cleaners can cause it to crack or become discolored.
- Excessive Heat: High temperatures can alter the color and stability of turquoise, so avoid exposing it to prolonged direct sunlight or extreme heat.
How to Clean Turquoise Jewelry
Sterling silver will naturally tarnish over time. All of our items, unless otherwise requested, are given a patina to add to the character of the piece. We feel that a little bit of tarnish makes this even better. If you wish to remove the patina/tarnish you can do this easily with a polishing cloth. Never use solvent, jewelry cleaners, or steam cleaners as these may damage your piece.
Storing Turquoise Jewelry
Proper storage is crucial to prevent damage and preserve the beauty of your turquoise jewelry. Store your jewelry in a dry place and avoid exposure to moisture/humidity and sunlight. To prevent tarnishing we recommend storing your jewelry in an anti-tarnish pouch or in an airtight container such as a ziplock.
When to Seek Professional Help
If your turquoise jewelry requires more than regular cleaning, it's best to seek professional help. Contact us or find a local jeweler with expertise in turquoise to provide professional cleaning, repair, and maintenance services.
By following these cleaning and care tips, you can ensure that your authentic turquoise jewelry remains beautiful and retains its value for years to come. Remember, proper cleaning and storage are essential to preserve the unique charm and significance of turquoise.