Brilliant, beautiful and oh so blue, your Tanzanite Ring is a treasure to behold. But, more than just an accessory to be worn at dinner parties or even to work, it is an investment, one that needs to be taken care of on a regular basis. Cleaning this gemstone is not difficult, but you must take great care, as you would with a classic car.
To begin with, there is no need for concern if your Tanzanite begins losing some of its blue brilliance after you have worn it for some time. It is natural. It is a beautiful gemstone. You want to show it off, and understandably it will pick up dirt, skin oils, fingerprints, and of course, makeup.
You have essentially two choices. You can bring it to jewelers or do it yourself. Does it yourself? Don’t panic.
If you decide to use a jeweler you know & trust, problem solved. However, if it is first-time undertaking, be sure to meet him/her to ask questions. You want to wonder if you can trust him with your investment. Look online for references. Moreover, if a sales person tries to act as a buffer to keep you from the jeweler, then walk away. While your precious ring is out of your possession, you want to know you will always have access to the person to whom you have entrusted it for safekeeping.
If you decide to do the cleaning yourself, the most important thing to remember is that Tanzanite is a rare and delicate stone. It will scratch easily. Simple mild soap and warm water will be your friends.
In today’s high-tech world, people naturally look to the Internet for answers (You are here, reading this blog, are you not?). Click away from any website that might suggest for the actual cleaning things such as toothpaste, paper or anything that is coarse. These will scratch. We have seen some sites that will suggest employing the softest setting toothbrush to use, but we recommend standard microfiber lens cloths or a fully 100% smooth cotton cloth.
Begin by gently placing your Tanzanite ring in a medium to the large bowl of room temperature soapy water. Too hot or too cold could crack the stone.
• You may use a dishwashing liquid, but it must be free of bleaches and the mildest form as abrasives would be damaging to your gemstone.
• Distilled water will also be an even better choice if you live in an area where tap water carries with it harsh chemicals.
• A plastic container would be even more favorable. You do not want the ring to bang against the sides of the ceramic bowl.
Let it sit for about 20 minutes. Then dry your ring off with the microfiber or cotton cloth, in light circular motion, much the same as you would a bathroom mirror but obviously on a much smaller and more precise scale.
Take these simple steps on a regular basis, and you will extend the life and enjoyment of your Tanzanite Rings for many years to come.