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As the trend for engagement rings shifts slightly towards less traditional gemstones - such as the emerald, it’s important to keep up to date with the proper measures in their care - especially as they are far less durable than their diamond counterparts.
Most jewellers will strongly recommend against going for an emerald engagement ring for this very reason, as multiple washes and even general daily wear and tear can cause an emerald to crack or chip. But, if her heart it set on going green, it’s just a matter of taking more care than usual when it comes to handling.Here we’ve put together a quick guide on how to properly care for your emerald.
Firstly, consider where you should or shouldn't wear your ring.
If you’re working in an environment that requires a lot of hands-on work, or working with chemicals, for example, ensure that you don’t wear your emerald, as it can easily scratch or become damaged. As with all jewellery, it's important to consider where your ring might be in danger of being knocked or caught. For example, rock-climbing is probably a no-go!
To clean at home, use a soft micro-fibre cloth to remove any dirt.
As is general care for any gemstone, it’s important to only use a soft micro-fibre cloth to ensure you don’t scratch or damage the jewellery when it comes to cleaning. Extra care needs to be taken with an emerald ring, as it is far less durable than a typical diamond ring.
For further cleaning, use lukewarm water with a mild soap.
If there is further dirt of oil on the ring that needs cleaning, fill a small bowl with lukewarm water and a dash of a mild soap. It’s important not to use too much, so as not to corrode the metals or damage the gemstone itself.
Then, lightly brush your ring with a soft toothbrush or jewellery brush.
This will help to dislodge any tougher marks or stains without risking any scratches to your emerald engagement ring. As with all stages of cleaning, a careful hand is what's required!
If however, you're a little worried about cleaning your emerald ring yourself, it could be worth seeking out professional assistance from your jeweller. That way, you can be sure there's no risk of wear or tear.