Natural emerald questions

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
406 posts
Helper bee

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 # 4
406 posts
Helper bee

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shinypebble :  if you use a steamer it gets fairly cold by the time it touches the stone. 

Post # 5
1430 posts
Bumble bee
  • 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
42 posts

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. 

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