How to Clean Emerald Jewelry

September 19th, 2022

First mined in Egypt almost 4,000 years ago, emeralds have been popular for millennia for their signature green color and unique luster. 

Emeralds are one of the softer gemstones commonly used in jewelry, rating a 7.5 on the Mohs Hardness scale, which makes them more susceptible to cracking and chipping than gems like diamonds or rubies. For this reason, emerald jewelry requires unique treatment and care. 

Learn how to clean your emerald jewelry and the best ways to store and care for your fine jewelry pieces, so your emerald collection can retain its beautiful green shine for generations.

How to Clean Emerald Jewelry at Home

Cleaning emerald jewelry at home is easy with everyday household products. However, certain solvents, such as acetone or alcohol, can damage your emeralds and should be avoided.

Here are the supplies:

  • Warm water
  • Soft-bristled toothbrush /Soft toothbrush /jewelry brush
  • Dish soap (such as Dawn) or any mild soap
  • Microfiber polishing cloth (not required) or a soft cloth

Here are the steps:

To clean emeralds, add a couple of drops of dish soap to warm water to create a soapy solution. Do not use hot water. Hot water and heat, in general, may dry out fracture fillings or remove oils from the emerald’s surface, which can increase the risk of future damage to the gem and affect the clarity and vibrancy of its color.

Next, use the toothbrush to scrub your emerald piece lightly. Using a soft-bristled baby’s toothbrush can help you access any hard-to-reach areas.

After a gentle scrubbing, rinse the piece and set it out to air dry. Use a soft cloth or microfiber polishing cloth to remove any watermarks.

Do not soak your emerald jewelry in soap water solution or use heavy-duty detergents or abrasives that may remove oils from the emerald.

You do not have to clean your emerald jewelry after every wear; however, you should plan to clean your collection a few times a year and make sure to store them in a jewelry box to avoid damages.

emerald ring and diamond in gold, wedding jewelry

How to Proper Care for Your Emerald Jewelry

Precious stones like Emeralds have unique properties that require specific care. To prolong the life and shine of your emerald jewelry, follow these care and storage guidelines:

  • Store your emerald jewelry separately, in a pouch or envelope. Other precious gemstones in your collection (such as diamonds, rubies, and sapphires) are harder than emeralds and can scratch and damage your emerald jewelry. 
  • Do not shower while wearing emerald jewelry. 
  • Avoid wearing your emerald jewelry when engaging in active activities like exercising, gardening, or doing housework.
  • Protect your emerald jewelry from sudden and extreme temperature changes.
  • Avoid storing your jewelry in hot, damp locations such as a bathroom.
  • Do not expose emerald pieces to hot lights or solar radiation as these sources may cause fracture fillings to dry out.

It is a good idea to take your emerald pieces like an emerald ring to a commercial jewelry cleaner or a jeweler for a professional cleaning and tightening at least once a year. Since 90% of emeralds are enhanced with resin or oil, your jeweler will likely not use a traditional torch or ultrasonic cleaner during cleaning. Excessive heat can burn the resin or sweat out the oils, and ultrasonic vibrations can deteriorate fillers and open fractures.

stylish jewelry with gems of green

Insure Your Emerald Jewelry with BriteCo™

Regularly cleaning your emerald jewelry at home and visiting a professional jeweler on occasion can help ensure the longevity and shine of your emerald pieces. 

However, your emerald jewelry pieces may still get damaged, lost, stolen, or disappear mysteriously. 

BriteCo™ offers fine jewelry insurance with coverage up to 125% of your piece’s appraised value. You are only a click away from fast, affordable, and top-rated coverage with no deductibles and an easy monthly payment option. 

BriteCo™ provides worldwide coverage, meaning that your fine jewelry collection is protected no matter where you travel. Additionally, any jewelry insurance claim you make with BriteCo™ won’t affect the coverage or cost of your homeowner or renters insurance policy. 

Use the Check Your Price tool to find the right coverage option for you, and Contact us to talk to a BriteCo™ representative right away. In just two minutes, you can insure your fine jewelry anywhere in the world.

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About the Author

Rachel Akmakjian is Director of Jeweler Relations for BriteCo. She has more than eight years’ experience in jewelry marketing, retail, diamond wholesale, and managing her own company that specializes in creating custom jewelry pieces. Rachel is currently a student at the Gemological Institute of America, on track to receive her Graduate Gemology certificate by the end of this year. Her education and experiences have given her an in-depth understanding of the demands and expectations facing jewelers and customers in today’s evolving retail marketplace.
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