Known as the gemstone of the rainbow, tourmaline comes in virtually any colour and even in a combination of colours. A relatively hard stone that is reasonably priced, Tourmaline jewellery is available in all types of styles, shapes, colours, and sizes.
Cleaning Tourmaline Jewellery
Tourmaline jewellery, as with any other gemstone, requires regular cleaning. Light stones, like white or pink tourmaline, easily dull with dirt and grease build up. If worn often, clean tourmaline jewellery pieces once a month using warm water with a small amount of dishwashing liquid. Leave the stones to soak for 10 to 20 minutes then remove from the water and gently rub the pieces with a soft, lint-free cloth, such as a specialised jewellery cleaning cloth. A soft bristle toothbrush helps to remove dirt and grease build-up from hard to reach places. Cleaning with an ultrasonic jewellery cleaner is not recommended for tourmaline jewellery.
Protecting Tourmaline Jewellery
Tourmaline sits on the Mohs scale of hardness at 7.5. When comparing this to diamonds, at 10 on the scale, and turquoise, which sits at between five and six, tourmaline is a moderately hard stone. However, tourmaline still needs protecting from bumps and knocks. Knocking the stones can cause them to split or scratch, damaging the appearance and appeal of the jewellery pieces. Tourmaline jewellery should not be worn when exercising, gardening, or when doing any other type of physical activity. If exposed to extremes of temperature, tourmaline stones can change colour. Colour changes are easily visible in darker stones, like blue tourmaline or black tourmaline. Be sure to keep jewellery away from heat or cold temperatures.
Everyday Care of Tourmaline Jewellery
For everyday care of tourmaline jewellery, be sure to keep jewellery, especially tourmaline necklaces and tourmaline earrings, away from hair spray, body lotions, perfume, and other skin care products. Exposing tourmaline jewellery to these everyday products can dull its appearance, leave a sticky film over the stones, and weaken jewellery clasps and fixtures. When doing house cleaning, be sure to remove tourmaline rings or tourmaline bracelets to ensure they do not come in contact with harsh chemicals.
Storing Tourmaline Jewellery
Properly storing tourmaline jewellery is important for maintaining the pieces in optimum condition. Ideally, store jewellery in the box it came in from the jeweller's. If it was not purchased with a box, or for those who have a large selection of pieces, a jewellery box is useful. With soft inner lining, the stones stay dust-free, with less likelihood of them being scratched, dropped, or left out in direct sunlight.