Post # 1
We are looking at this emerald ring for my birthday in May. We (mostly I to be honest) have looked at LOTS, various gems, cuts and styles but I think this is my favorite. I’m wondering a few things…
If you have an emerald how do you clean it? The jeweller said no soap at all but the internet tends to say mild dish soap. Have you tried this, and has it removed the oiling? It’s relatively unincluded but I am pretty sure it’s oiled to some extent.
What carat size do you think this might be? Not that this matters, just curious and didn’t think to ask. I’m size 6ish.
Will you show me your emeralds please! Just because they are lovely.
Post # 2
Basically all emeralds are oil treated and it is not viewed as a big deal. I would not use soap on an emerald. I would steam clean only.
Post # 3
jacksspade : thanks for your answer. Doesn’t steam cleaning involve heat that could cause the oil to seep out? I thought that was why you have to use lukewarm water
Post # 4
shinypebble : if you use a steamer it gets fairly cold by the time it touches the stone.
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2019 - City, State
I have an emerald RHR (no pic at the moment, sorry), but I clean it using a gold and gems jewelry cleaner like Connoisseurs and I’ve never had an issue with it. I believe they have a “precious” one for stones specifically like emeralds.
Post # 6
I have an emerald engagement ring that I wear daily. Natural emeralds are usually oiled and the jeweler will be able to tell you if any enhancements have been done on the stone. When my ring gets a little dull I just take a super soft toothbrush (baby or toddler toothbrushes work well) and gently brush it with lukewarm water. I make sure to take it off before submerging my hands in water, puting lotion/sanitizer on etc etc.
Per the GIA website, it’s not recommended to use ultrasonic cleaning or anything that creates heat to clean an emerald as it can break down the resins and oils used to fill fractures, eventually causing them to enlarge or the stone to crack. It’s also probably worth it to get a protection plan from wherever you’re buying because they do need to be re-oiled from time to time. Emeralds are bit more high maintenance, but totally worth it.
Post # 7
Thank you for the help. I suppose I’m just used to scrubbing my diamond vigorously with dish soap and really hot water, it’s weird to think of not cleaning it ‘properly’. And I don’t really take it off for anything. An emerald will take a bit of adjustment!