Monday, October 17, 2011

Cleaning and Caring for Ametrine Gemstones

Learning about interesting stones is a great way to expand into different types of jewelry that is unique and beautiful. Today we are going to talk about a lovely stone. Ametrine is a natural quartz gemstone that is half Amethyst and half Citrine, hence the name Ametrine. The majority of this gemstone is imported to the United States from Bolivia with small amounts also being imported from Brazil and India.

Ametrine pendants, rings, earrings and bracelets can be found in stores that carry more of the exotic or rarer types of gemstone jewelry. You can find this beautiful gemstone set in sterling silver, stainless steel, gold and/or platinum.

The gemstone is half purple, half yellow/gold and quite beautiful to the naked eye. It is a semi precious gemstone so it does need to be handled with care. When storing Ametrine jewelry you always want to make sure it's stored in a protected or lined jewelry box with no other jewelry pieces laying on top of it to prevent scratches or damage from occurring.

To clean the gemstone itself you just want to gently buff it with a clean, soft, cotton cloth in a small circular motion. To clean the metal around your gemstone you also want to use a clean cotton cloth made for jewelry cleaning. If the stone is set in sterling silver you can use an anti tarnish jewelry cleaning cloth to polish the sterling silver setting.

You should never let harsh chemicals such as cleaning products; bath & body products or hair care products come into contact with your gemstone jewelry.  If this accidentally occurs you should use a damp cotton cloth to clean your jewelry and then a second dry cloth to dry your jewelry pieces off. Make sure to take care to never submerge your gemstone jewelry in water! It can change the appearance of the stone permanently.

Next time you are in the mood for a new piece of jewelry or you are buying a gift, take a look at the beauty of Ametrine and spoil that someone special!

by Jasmine Yesak, Contributing Editor at, online retailer of quality jewelry boxes, jewelry organizers and watch boxes. Jasmine is a Jewelry Enthusiast and Organization Consultant, she writes about Jewelry Care and Jewelry Storage Tips.

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