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How to Care for Coral Jewelry

by Maegan Crandall

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Pearl and coral necklace

There are few things as romantic as the ocean. It's still largely unexplored and so different from the rest of the planet. If you love the ocean, then you probably love adding coral jewelry to your jewelry collection. Coral gemstones come from many different marine locations and are available in a range of colors. You can wear your orange coral jewelry with jeans and summer skirts or pair pink coral stone jewelry with suits and elegant gowns. Caring for your precious stones and gemstone jewelry is important if you want to wear your gemstones for many years. Use our tips to care for your coral jewelry properly.

Caring for Coral Jewelry:

  1. Cleaning: When cleaning gemstone jewelry, it is important to understand a little about the precious stones. Coral is quite soft, with a rating of approximately 3.5 out of 10 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. You should avoid cleaning your coral jewelry with anything harsh. Use a very soft, clean, damp cotton cloth to clean your coral jewelry and avoid using brushes, chemicals and jewelry cleaners. Avoid soaking coral jewelry in liquid; coral can absorb moisture.

  2. Storage: It is easy to overlook proper storage when considering stone jewelry care. Storing your coral jewelry in a pile, however, can lead to scratches, especially when the jewelry is stored with harder gemstones, such as diamonds. Protect your coral jewelry investment by storing pieces in a separate jewelry box drawer or compartment or by purchasing a small velvet pouch or box for your coral jewelry pieces.

  3. Wear: You probably love to wear your coral jewelry as often as possible, allowing the colors to shine and draw attention to your face, hands or wrists. It is a good idea to avoid wearing your coral jewelry during some activities in order to keep the coral stones safe and looking their best. Avoid wearing your coral jewelry while playing sports as coral can crack and chip if it is knocked around. Remove your coral jewelry before swimming or handling harsh chemicals to avoid damaging and discoloring the precious stones.

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