Posted on January 30, 2014 by

How to Take Proper Care of Your Emeralds

Ways to Properly Care for Your Emeralds


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Emeralds are a 7.5 on the Mohs scale, so they’re considerably hard, but they’re not tough.  You may be surprised to learn that “hard” and “tough” are actually used as industry terms in gemology.  A hard stone is resistant to scratches while a tough stone is resistant to breakage.


Emeralds have been around for centuries, so we know they are made to last, but it’s important to take extra care when dealing with emeralds because of how brittle they can be.


Make sure your emeralds are properly fitted into their settings to minimize any chances of damage.


Don’t clean your emeralds with anything but warm soapy water and a soft cloth.  Heat and chemicals can ruin an emerald’s luster and beauty.


With these two simple steps, your emerald should look beautiful all the time for you as well the family members you pass it down to.


To learn more about these green gems, read our expert guide about natural emerald.


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2 Responses to How to Take Proper Care of Your Emeralds

  1. Beth says:

    Wow..good to know!

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