Do you have amethyst jewelry or decorations at home? What will you use to clean amethyst? Water or vinegar? In this blog, we covered how to use it to clean amethyst. Amethyst is sensitive when it comes to temperature changes and should be cleaned more carefully.
How to Clean Amethyst?
Amethyst is a legendary purple gemstone that holds many symbols. It is known for being a stone of health and luck, and it also used to ward away intoxication. Amethyst is also the February birthstone. Amethyst is cut into cabochons and other fancy shapes for a wide array of jewelry.
Cleaning your amethyst jewelry is imperative if you want to keep your collection beautiful and shiny all year long. It is possible to maintain a jewelry collection at home, as long as you have patience. Develop the habit of cleaning all your jewelry more regularly (especially the ones that are worn frequently). You won’t have any problems with maintaining a more extensive collection. The rules for cleaning fine jewelry are uniform and only vary with the type of cleaning solution being used.
Clean Amethyst with Water
Cleaning amethyst with water is the simplest way to get grime and dirt out.
Step 1: place your amethyst on a towel
If you’re ready to clean your amethyst jewelry, begin by getting a towel. Lay the towel flat on the table and place the amethyst jewelry or loose amethyst stones on it. If you have more massive tumbled amethyst, the towel will serve as a carrying mat for them when you transfer the gems from one place to another. If you only have smaller stones, you can just hand-carry the amethyst stones from the table and to the sink, and vice-versa.
Step 2: combine warm water and dish soap
Prepare half a basin of warm water and a few drops of soap. Use gentle dish soap for creating the cleansing solution. Stir the solution properly to make sure that the soap is mixed in well with the water. Pure metal jewelry will be able to tolerate boiling water, but not amethyst. Amethyst is sensitive to higher temperatures.
We do not want to find you in a scenario where your amethyst suddenly cracks from the water’s temperature as they do crack when it’s too hot. This isn’t something that you will observe with harder or more durable gemstones like diamonds that are fine with changes in temperature and pressure.
Step 3: soak for 15-25 mins
First thing’s first—when you are done mixing the soap solution, proceed to soak the pieces of amethyst for 15 to 25 minutes. This should be enough time to lift most of the dirt and grime away from the amethyst’s surface. Amethyst jewelry, especially those with lots of nooks and crannies, will have difficulty reaching places that will be tough to clean.
Soaking softens the grime and lifts the grime away naturally from the jewelry.
Step 4: scrub the amethyst jewelry with soft bristles toothbrush
After soaking, we proceed to phase two of cleaning your amethyst jewelry. For phase two, you will need a toothbrush with soft bristles. We emphasize “soft” bristles because the harder ones can cause damage to the jewelry. Pick up your amethyst jewelry or loose stones and begin scrubbing them.
You can scrub either with a natural back and forth motion or a circular motion if you wish. Circular motion is sometimes more useful for smaller and rounder stones that are harder to grip. In case you can’t hold the amethyst properly, you can always use tweezers, or better yet, rubber-tipped tweezers so the amethyst jewelry won’t slip away from your grasp.
Take note that there will be a massive difference in the cleaning period for amethyst jewelry and uncut amethyst or geodes. Geodes are not polished, have more surface area that is uneven, and that’s where the grime can accumulate. Luckily, you can clean both types of amethyst with soap and water. If you still can’t get the amethyst to look right, there might be other issues affecting it (chemical issue), and you may want to go to a professional jewelry to have it looked over. Professional cleaning is often very cheap or free, in some cases.
Step 5: rinse the amethyst jewelry
When you are done scrubbing the amethyst, it’s time to rinse. Warm rinsing is essential because it removes any soap residue that may have been left behind.
Soap residue is not suitable for any kind of jewelry or gemstone. Always rinse thoroughly so you can get the best results while cleaning your jewelry. If you have large pieces of amethyst, feel free to use a hose. There should be no water pressure in the hose, and you should also wash the amethyst until all of the water begins to run clear.
Step 6: air-dry the amethyst jewelry
Use a towel to dry the amethyst afterward. The final step is to air-dry and ensure that there is no moisture left before you bring your amethyst back to storage.
Clean Amethyst with Vinegar
If your amethyst jewelry shows signs of severe patina or staining, you must do a deep-cleaning soak instead. This deep-cleaning soak can be done with pure white vinegar.
Step 1: Use a sufficient amount of vinegar to submerge your amethyst jewelry completely.
Step 2: Leave the jewelry in the vinegar for six to twelve hours. This will ensure that most of the patina is removed from the jewelry.
Step 3: After soaking, proceed to re-washing with soap and warm water.
Step 4: Rinse and dry as usual.
How to Clean Amethyst Home Décor?
Amethyst home décor is a bit more complicated to wash because sometimes they are big and bulky, and you can’t bring them outside for a good hosing down.
Step 1: Bring the larger decors outside for dust rinsing followed by a wipe down with warm water and soap.
Step 2: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean areas that cannot be easily reached by a cloth.
More ornate pieces of amethyst decorations are typically harder to clean and require more time to thoroughly clean. In case plain soap and water do not work, simply fill a spray bottle with pure vinegar and spray heavily stained or soiled areas.
Step 3: Allow the vinegar to sit in these areas for 15 to 25 minutes before scrubbing with a toothbrush again.
Step 4: Repeat this process as needed.