Frequent question: How do you clean tarnished turquoise jewelry?

Is baking soda bad for turquoise?

Anything abrasive, including baking soda or a standard toothbrush, may cause pitting. Once these pits form, they provide plenty of opportunity for moisture to linger, causing further damage.

Can you use jewelry cleaner on turquoise?

DO NOT use any cleaning chemicals or soaps when cleaning your Turquoise. Turquoise is porous and chemicals, even mild soaps, can damage your piece.

What happens when turquoise gets wet?

When a turquoise stone is exposed to water, oils and other chemicals it soaks them up like a sponge. … Over years, or even decades, of touching a turquoise stone with our fingers can lead to the stone changing color. Treatments of the stones called stabilization actually help prevent this process from happening.

How do you care for turquoise jewelry?

It’s safe to clean turquoise jewelry with warm, soapy water, but it should never be cleaned with steam or ultrasonic cleaners. Some turquoise is treated to improve its surface appearance. Heat or solvents can damage the treated surfaces.

Will baking soda hurt gemstones?

The aforementioned baking soda mixture and the ammonia trick used to clean metals will also work with cleaning gemstones as well.

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