by Staff Writer
Artists have made carved jade into beautiful ornaments for centuries. Jade jewelry is most often made from jadeite, which has a rich, green color and is more lustrous than nephrite, which is the other type of jade. Nephrite is more commonly used for carving and comes in a wide range of colors. The traditional reputation of the gemstone holds that it brings peace and harmony into the life of its wearer. Take care of your jade jewelry by keeping it clean and you will be rewarded with a stunning piece that will last a very long time and may even become a family heirloom.
Prepare a cleaning solution. Mix together lukewarm water and a few drops of mild soap or liquid detergent in a medium-sized bowl. You should have a few suds but not overly soapy water. Don't use a jewelry cleaning solution to clean jade; many contain chemicals that might damage the gemstone.
Clean the jade. Dip a soft cloth into the soapy water and gently wipe your jade until it is clean. Do not scrub at it, as scrubbing can scratch the surface. Also, take care to avoid immersing it in the soapy water. Dip the cloth in clean water and remove any suds from the jewelry.
Dry and polish the jewelry. Dry your jade off with a different soft cloth. Make sure to remove all traces of soapy water but do not immerse the jade to rinse it. Finally, polish your jade with a polishing cloth.
Keep your jade in good condition. Touching jade increases the luster and richness of the stone, so don't feel like you have to clean your jade jewelry every time you wear it. Instead, clean it only when you notice soiling. Also, store jade in a jewelry bag or in its own compartment of your jewelry box.
Never put your jade jewelry into a tumbler or cleaning machine, which can scratch or crack the jade
Do not steam-clean jade. The extreme heat can damage it.