Most of us would think of this gemstone as a very recent addition to modern jewelry, but when you look at a tanzanite, you wouldn't want anything else on your fingers. Discovered in 1967 in the Mererani Hills located in Northern Tanzania, it is now found at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. The deep blue colored tanzanite is a beautiful product of calcium aluminum hydroxy silicate and is known to be one of the rarest gemstones. This rare stone is usually reddish brown in its rough state, and is brought to the blue color only after treating with 600 degrees C of heat. After its discovery, it was soon used as a valuable gem and included in engagement rings, earrings, bracelets, broaches, and tiaras. However, you have to be very careful while cleaning tanzanite jewelry, as it is a delicate stone. Therefore, read into the coming up paragraphs and find out how to take care of tanzanite jewelry.
How to Clean Tanzanite Jewelry
The color of the tanzanite cut stone is deep blue and the luster that it gives out is brilliant. Therefore, when tanzanite is coupled with silver, white gold or platinum jewelry, it needs to be maintained. Our jewelry such as rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings are always in contact with our skin, in turn with sweat, fingerprints, dust and water. Thus, there are various chemicals and impurities that are being deposited on the surface of these jewelry and hampering the quality of the precious metal. To minimize the damage that could be done, cleaning the jewelry is very important. Here's how you could do it, take a look.
Step 1: Using the Right Cleanser
Since tanzanite is a very delicate gemstone, using any type of cleanser is not advised. Using ultra-sonic jewelry cleaners is strictly prohibited, as they have some very strong chemicals that can react with the composition of the stone and damage it permanently. Therefore, the best cleanser used to clean tanzanite engagement rings and other jewelry would be distilled water or warm water with mild detergent. Chemical cleansers or strong soaps with high amounts of chemical ingredients should also be avoided while cleaning the jewelry. However, it is very important not to expose the stone to sudden temperature changes such as extreme cold or extreme hot conditions. This could lead to cracking of the stone.
Step 2: Cleaning Gently
This is the most crucial step, as you will have to be very careful while cleaning the precious stone. In a small bowl, add warm water/distilled water along with some mild detergent. DO NOT use direct tap water, as it contains chemicals too. With the help of a soft toothbrush (use an old used one, as new bristles create scratches), coat the water mixture on the stone and clean the dirt around it. You can use warm water without detergent alternately to clean off the soap from the tanzanite. After brushing, rinse the stone and the metal around it with warm water about 4 to 5 times, so that every bit of detergent is removed. While doing this, make sure you are not exposing the stone to any kind of extreme temperature change.
Step 3: Storing the Stone
After you have cleaned the tanzanite jewelry, place it on a dry, soft and clean towel. Let it air dry for as long as 10 minutes, to get rid of the moisture. Don't use a blow dryer directly on the stone, as it emits hot air and this can lead to cracking of the stone. Once the jewelry is dried thoroughly, use a paper towel to clean the surface and gently rub the stone to get the shine on the cuts. You will notice the clean and lustrous stone which looks as good as new. Storing tanzanite jewelry in velvet or muslin base jewelry cases is important, so that the originality is retained. Don't use the jewelry daily, and keep it away from tap water, as that will give an old look to the stone.
With these tips, hope you have found out how to clean and care for your tanzanite! Make sure you keep this precious stone as precious as you can, by taking appropriate care of it.