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Cleaning Your Jewelry at Home

Weekly Wednesday Jewelry Lesson

There are many different ways to clean your different types of jewelry, but here are a few ideas that will help keep your jewelry sparkling between your visits to the store.

Cleaning Jewelry with Diamonds, Rubies and Sapphires:

Diamond, Ruby and Sapphire Jewelry

Step 1:  Take one cup of warm water and put a few drops of ammonia into it.

Step 2: Then, take the piece of jewelry and let it sit in the water for five to ten minutes.  You can leave it in longer if you would like, but approximately five to ten minutes will be efficient.

Step 3: Once you take it out, use an old toothbrush to gently brush over the diamonds to help get all the dirt out.  To make sure you are getting your jewelry nice and clean, dip your toothbrush into the water with ammonia before you brush it over the piece of jewelry.

Step 4: Once you have all the dirt and oils off the jewelry piece, press a paper towel against it.  This step makes sure the water doesn’t leave little spots.

Cleaning Jewelry with Gemstones:


Step 1: Use hot water with a little bit of dish detergent.

Step 2: Let the piece of jewelry sit in the water for five to ten minutes.

Step 3: Take the toothbrush and brush over the gemstones gently, because you don’t want to scratch your piece of jewelry.  You need to be extra careful with emeralds, tanzanites and other softer stones, because they can easily scratch.  Do not apply too much pressure when using the toothbrush.

Step 4: Once you have all the dirt and oils off the jewelry piece, press a paper towel against it.

Cleaning Jewelry with Pearls and Opals:

Pearl and Opal

Step 1: Use hot water with a little bit of dish detergent.

Step 2: Don’t let the jewelry soak in the water this time.

Step 3: Use the soapy water to gently brush over the pearls or opals with your toothbrush, but be careful not to scuff them by pushing too hard.

Step 4: Once you have all the dirt and oils off the jewelry piece, press a paper towel against it.

Ultimately, bringing your jewelry into the store makes it shine the best, because jewelers have expensive machines that help them clean the jewelry.  However, for those times in between your visits to the store, you can follow these simple steps to help keep your jewelry looking great!

Feel free to stop into any of our four Kranich’s locations to have your jewelry cleaned at anytime free of charge.

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Ruby Gemstone: 40th Wedding Anniversary Gift

Weekly Wednesday Jewelry Lesson

Today, rubies are often worn for fashion, engagement and even medicinal purposes.  It is a traditional wedding anniversary gem for the 15th and 40th anniversaries. Further on in this article, we share a special story of how Ralph decided to buy his wife a ruby ring for his wedding anniversary.

Here are a few reasons why Rubies are so extraordinary:

July’s traditional birthstone is the Ruby.  Rubies are considered to be a precious gemstone because of its rarity in nature. The biggest ruby in the world is 40,920 carats and weighs 8184 grams.  Their rich color and rarity has made them a renowned gemstone to the world for 100s of years.

The word ruby is derived from the Latin word “ruber” for red.   Rubies are composed of the corundum, which is a mineral form of aluminum oxide. The red color is a result of traces of the mineral chromium.  Corundum is the second hardest substance on the Mohs hardness scale and has a rating of 9.

Rubies come in all shades of red but will never be found in any other color because corundum in any other color is actually a Sapphire.  The most desirable shade of ruby is pigeon’s blood which is a very pure red with hints of blue.

Rubies can come in all shapes and sizes and are usually cut using a step or brilliant style. Some rubies are also cabochon cut, which means the top of the gem is smooth and domed.  A very rare form of cabochon cut ruby is a star ruby which reflects the image of a sharp six rayed white star across the top.  This is caused by a natural imperfection, or inclusion in the gem.

Rubies can make a terrific 40th Wedding Anniversary Gift.

Many times, when a couple has been together for 40 years, there are not a lot of unique gifts to give one another that have not already been bought.  However, recently, a customer came into Kranich’s looking for a 40th wedding anniversary gift.  The gentleman said he wasn’t sure what he wanted to get her.   His wife’s birthday was in July, along with their anniversary, so he wanted to find her something really special that would show his love an appreciation for the time they had spent together.  We suggested a ruby, because it was her birthstone and the traditional anniversary gift for the 40th anniversary.

The customer was immediately taken with the idea, because the deep red color of the gem reminded him of the roses she had been caring for in their garden for many years.  He looked at just about every ruby ring we had in the store, but none seemed to capture the sentiment he was looking for in a 40th wedding anniversary gift, until he came across this beautiful ring from Simon G.

Exquisite Simon G. Ruby and Diamond Ring

Immediately, when the ring was placed in his hand, he declared that it was perfect and that it reminded him of their relationship.  40 years is a long time and like all couples they had seen their share of difficulties, but like the two bands that went apart and around then came back together to cradle the ruby, he had learned that when they pulled together they could overcome any obstacle.  He said that through it all their love for each other helped them make it and their love for one another is represented by the two diamond bands that flow under the ruby.  He said all four rows were together in the beginning and all four will be together at the end.  He then finished by saying, “…And as far as the ruby, I’m trusting what you said about her birthstone and the 40th  Wedding Anniversary gift because I have no idea about that.”  We all had a little laugh and told him we were sure she would like it.  Thanks to Ralph for letting us share his story.


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