Jewelry
Care
Guide

Jewelry
Care Guide

We only work with enduring materials, from precious metals to genuine gemstones. We have worked hard to build strong relationships with all our suppliers so we can bring you beautiful, high quality gems. Our pieces are made for everyday, to be worn and loved forever.

Keep your jewelry looking its best with these tips and tricks.

925 STERLING SILVER

Made up of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper, 925 sterling silver is one of the most popular materials for jewelry making thanks to its durability. Unlike pure silver, which is too soft to work with, sterling silver is harder, making the metal perfect for more intricate and complex jewelry designs.

Care

To maintain the brilliant shine of your sterling silver jewelry, avoid any contact with water. While pure water does not damage 925 sterling silver, most water we encounter is not purified. To keep that enviable shine intact, store your silver in an airtight bag with an anti-tarnish strip. Silver is durable, but can be scratched if care is not taken. To polish it without scratching, use either a special jewelry or microfiber cloth.

Gold Vermeil

Gold vermeil jewelry is popular and more difficult to pronounce than to care for. Vermeil (pronounced ver-may) is a special style of gold plating that is also referred to as silver gilt. Vermeil is a gold coating that is laid over the top of a sterling silver base, which gives you the look of yellow or rose gold jewelry at a insurpassible value. Vermeil provides long-lasting color and shine.

Care

To keep your gold vermeil jewelry looking beautiful and shiny, avoid any contact with chlorine, bleach, and sweat. To clean, use a soft dry microfiber cloth to gently buff it. Do not use chemical cleaners, as it is likely to strip the jewelry of its gold finish.

Solid Gold

Gold in its purest form (24k) is too soft to work with. To make it more structurally sound and durable for wear, alloys are added. Typically alloys that are used include brass , copper, palladium, nickel, and/or silver. This combination of pure gold and alloys creates solid gold (AKA 14k gold), meaning your beautiful pieces won’t tarnish time. This tough durable metal is perfect for anyone with an active life.

Care

Show your solid gold jewelry some love by mixing lukewarm water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid in a bowl to clean it. Soak the jewelry in the soapy solution for a minute and then using a soft-bristled brush (a toothbrush will suffice), gently scrub your jewelry. Remove any soapy residue by rinsing with warm water and blot dry with a soft microfiber cloth.

RHODIUM PLATED

Rhodium is a special type of plating often used to maintain the brilliant white in silver and white gold. A silver-white metallic element that is part of the platinum family of metals, Rhodium plating is laid over the top of a sterling silver or alloyed gold base, making the jewelry more resistant to corrosion and tarnish, as well as giving it long-lasting color and shine.

 

At Moon Magic we use 2.5 micron thick plating to ensure that your jewelry maintains its brilliant white finish for years to come.

Care

Wash your jewelry in a solution of warm soapy water using a soft-bristled brush. Rinse away any soapy residue and dry with a soft microfiber cloth.

316L STAINLESS STEEL

316L stainless steel is otherwise known as 316L surgical-grade stainless steel. Made of steel and chromium, it is considerably more durable than silver. Its bright and silvery finish, which is resistant to tarnish, is a popular and affordable choice for fashion jewelry.

Care

Simply pour warm water into a small bowl mixed with some dishwashing soap. Using a soft cloth, gently wipe the jewelry until it is clean. Remove any remaining soap with a moistened cloth dipped in clean water. To maintain that beautiful shine, use either a jewelry polish or a special polishing cloth.

Keeping your gemstones sparkling is easy! Most gemstones may be cleaned with warm soapy water and a soft-bristled brush. For opals, use only a soft cloth to clean the surface of the stone, and do not submerge them in liquids. Avoid harsh chemicals that can lurk in everyday products such as lotion, perfume, and hairspray as well as household cleaners like bleach. Store your jewelry in a safe, dry place when not being worn.

 

Still unsure if you’re using the right cleaning method?
Keep reading to learn specific care for your gemstone.

MOONSTONE

This ethereal gem channels the moon to help you to become more in tune with yourself and your emotions.

Care

When caring for your Moonstone, less is more. Wash with a soft toothbrush in lukewarm, soapy water and dry using a soft microfiber cloth. Avoid contact with harsh chemicals (that includes hairspray and lotion) and store in a cool dry place.

White Topaz

Topaz is related to the zodiac sign Sagittarius and is thought to induce feelings of happiness and positivity.

Care

Keep your White Topaz looking fresh by cleaning it in warm, soapy water. Avoid steam or ultrasonic cleaning.

Rose Quartz

The gentle pink hue of this “love stone” is said to balance the emotions and to comfort, reassure and heal disappointment.

Care

To give Rose Quartz the care it deserves, simply rinse under warm, mildly soapy water. Use a soft-bristled brush to remove any residue that may have built up on the stone or in-between its prongs. Avoid chemicals and harsh professional cleaners like ultrasonic or steam as these can damage the gem.

Opal

Opal is the birthstone for October and their vibrant spectrum of color is thought to symbolize purity and wisdom.

Care

Keep your hydrophane Opal away from water at all times, as this can cause discoloration when absorbed by the gemstone. To remove any markings, gently wipe with a soft microfibre cloth. Avoid water and chemicals including lotion and perfume.

Amethyst

This imperial purple stone is thought to attract prosperity and happiness, while opening up the mind to accept beauty and intuition.

Care

To keep that gorgeous shine, simply clean your Amethyst with dish soap, warm water, and a soft toothbrush. Avoid any harsh detergents and harsh professional cleaners like ultrasonic or steam as these can damage the gem.

Aquamarine

This March birthstone is believed to help release anger and stress as well as channel peaceful, healing energy.

Care

Mix mild soap with lukewarm water and clean with a soft brush. Avoid chemicals and harsh professional cleaners like ultrasonic or steam as these can damage the gem.

Garnet

Found in many colours all around the world, Garnet is known to inspire love and devotion as well as revitalises, and balances energy to bring serenity.

Care

To keep the passion in a Garnet gem, clean it with warm soapy water. Avoid contact with harsh chemicals or acids.

Blue Topaz

This moody blue stone has commonly been associated with health and prosperity. Birthstone for November, Blue Topaz promotes harmony and relaxation.

Care

Warm soapy water is always safe when cleaning your Blue Topaz. Avoid steam or ultrasonic cleaning methods.

Turquoise

Blue as a cloudless sky, Turquoise has been revered as a mystical gem for generations. A symbol of hope, Turquoise is believed to protect its wearer from harm.

Care

Keep it fresh by removing any dust with a soft brush or a microfiber cloth. Avoid contact with harsh chemicals or household cleaners.

Citrine

This cheery gem is known as the stone of happiness, joy, abundance, and personal will. This November birthstone is believed to help align the chakra energy in the body.

Care

To keep your Citrine sparkling, gently clean it with a mix of mild soap and lukewarm water. Avoid chemicals and harsh professional cleaners like ultrasonic or steam as these can damage the gem.

Peridot

Known to Egyptians as the “gem of the sun”, Peridot is believed to enhance confidence and motivation as well as alleviate jealousy and irritation.

Care

Simply use a soft cloth and warm, soapy water to clean your Peridot. Keep away from contact with acidity found in household cleaners or citrus fruits.

Green Onyx

Green Onyx is associated with your heart chakra and with the planet Mercury. It is the symbol for restfulness and is thought to relieve tension and stress.

Care

Clean with a soft, dry cloth. Remove before showering or washing your hands. Avoid applying lotion or perfume to the stone’s surface.

Lapis Lazuli

Thought to guard the soul, this royal gem is a universal symbol of wisdom and truth.

Care

Lapis Lazuli can be cleaned with warm water and gentle soap. Always test clean a small area first to be certain how your gem reacts.

Diamond

The superwoman of precious stones, Diamond is one of the hardest natural substances that exist. We source our glittering white Diamonds from our most trusted suppliers.

Care

Diamonds still need care to keep them shining bright. Clean your diamond jewelry at home by mixing lukewarm water with mild dishwashing liquid. Gently scrub using a soft-bristled brush and rinse thoroughly to remove any soapy residue.

Ruby

The red-pink inner fire of the Ruby is believed to help alleviate pain as well as promote vitality and youth.

Care

Rubies can be washed in warm soapy water with a soft bristled brush to give an extra little sparkle.

Pink Sapphire

A symbol of intense love, Pink Sapphire is thought to channel wisdom and love in the wearer. Sapphires may undergo treatment to improve clarity or color.

Care

Clean your Pink Sapphire jewelry with warm soapy water and a soft bristled brush to keep it looking like new.

Labradorite

Inuit legend explains that Labradorite was once believed to contain the northern lights within, and has been used since by Shamans to guide and heal. This stone is known to relieve anxiety and stress.

Care

Clean your Labradorite with a mix of mild soap and lukewarm water. Avoid chemicals and harsh professional ultrasonic or steam cleaners that can damage the gem.

Treatment

Some gems like Aquamarine and Green Onyx undergo heat treatment to achieve a more desirable color. Rubies also receive a further fracture filling treatment for improved clarity. For more information on heat treated gems check out our blog: Heat Treated Gemstones: The Essential Guide.