Care of Turquoise

(And other porous jewellery like coral, cinnabar, lapis lazuli and opal jewellery)

The porous nature of Turquoise makes it more easily affected by solvents. care of turquoiseSoaps and detergents, cleaners and oils, even skin oils, cosmetics and perfumes will attack the finish and may alter the colour of turquoise gems. Because of this, Turquoise gemstones should not be washed with anything other than water. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight may also discolour or dehydrate turquoise.

Care should therefore be taken when wearing turquoise gemstones.

Don't wear your turquoise ring while washing dishes and apply cosmetics, including sunscreen and hair spray, before putting on turquoise jewellery. Turquoise jewellery should not be worn to the beach or other sun-bathed environment. After use, turquoise should be gently cleaned with a soft cloth to avoid a build up of residue, and should be stored in its own container to avoid scratching by harder gems. Turquoise can also be adversely affected if stored in an airtight container. 

Turquoise is a relatively soft gemstone, and extra care should be exercised to prevent it from scratching.