How to clean your Morganites
Morganites and Aquamarines. Gemstones are major oil magnets and attracts any kind of soaps and oils then dries up and builds up all over again. So it's important to always clean before there are new layers of buildup.
At home cleaning is very effective when you are thorough but you do also have to be consistent. Instructions below but be sure to be very thorough. For example, when I do the at home cleaning I've attempted to skip the step where excess water is completely removed before blow drying and it turned right back to cloudy. That excess drop of water drying up on the stone will make it appear cloudy again.
Also be sure to brush underneath the stone for a good three minutes to get rid of all that dried buildup. In fact you can soak it in warm water for a few minutes to break up the build up. Also you can use a spray of windex if it is hard to remove the grime. As long as you see the stone becoming more transparent during cleaning, you know you are headed in the right direction.
Again, take your time because a quick scrub with warm soapy water won't simply clean it. We've tried and it dries up cloudy again.
Before and After basic at-home cleaning (BE SURE TO DO ALL OF THIS OVER A LARGE BOWL AND NOT OVER THE SINK IN CASE A STONE DOES FALL OUT IF HANDLED ROUGHLY)
- Soak in plain warm water (hot tub warm) for a couple of minutes.
- Gently brush with soft bristle brush (kids toothbrush works great) a mixture of foamy dish soap and water all around the gem (especially under the stone) for a good 2 to 5 minutes to remove all buildup. You should notice the stone becoming cleaner.
- Rinse with water.
- Shake off excess water.
- Blow dry.
Remember: annual professional maintenance is highly recommended on all fine jewelry as well as attentive care and extra love so it can be kept for generations.