Welcome to my article about how to clean Citrine!
Citrine is a lovely gemstone with a terrific, deep golden color. And while it’s the birthstone for November, people will not be able to resist wearing it regardless of when they were born.
Because citrine is so beautiful, you’ll want to do what you can to keep it in the best shape possible.
This includes cleaning it well, storing it safely and avoiding wearing it when engaging in rigorous activities.
This article will provide tips on how to clean citrine and other care advice. Let’s get started.
How Fragile is Citrine?
When caring for your gemstone, it’s important to be aware of how fragile citrine is.
It ranks as 7 out of 10 on the Mohs scale so it’s not the most sensitive stone, but it can fracture if it’s exposed to heat.
It can also fade if it’s exposed to light for long periods of time and it can be damaged by hydrofluoric acid, alkaline solutions and ammonium fluoride.
How to Clean Citrine
There are a few ways to clean citrine. Here are some suggestions.
Soap and Water
Citrine can be cleaned with soap and water. Here are the steps you will need to take using this method:
- Fill a bowl with warm water and soap or mild detergent.
- Soak the jewelry in the solution for about 30 minutes.
- Remove the ring and clean it gently using a soft toothbrush or cloth.
- Clean the rest of the item using the same method being sure to get into areas where dirt accumulates.
- Rinse the piece in water and use a cloth to dry it. Note, letting the item air dry could leave behind spots.
Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner
An ultrasonic jewelry cleaner uses vibrating sound waves and water to clean dirt from jewelry. However, it can loosen jewelry settings causing gems to fall out.
If the gem has been coated with dye, the cleaner may also remove the dye. It’s also not advisable for fracture filled rings as the vibration may loosen the stone’s fillings.
Other Citrine Care Tips
Here are other care tips that will ensure your citrine jewelry stays in the best shape possible.
Store it Carefully
Your citrine jewelry should be stored carefully in a container where it will not rub up against other items that will scratch or damage it.
If you are keeping it in a jewelry box with other pieces, it’s advisable to wrap it up first. You can put it inside a soft cloth or a velvet or silk pouch to keep it safe.
Wear Your Ring Mindfully
Citrine jewelry can also get damaged when it’s being worn. Here are some guidelines that will ensure you keep your piece safe when wearing it out.
- Don’t wear your citrine jewelry when you’re engaging in rigorous activities such as exercising, cooking, gardening or doing dishes. Be aware that chlorine can fade a citrine stone, so don’t wear it in the pool either.
- Keep your gem away from chemicals that can damage it such as ammonium fluoride, alkaline solutions and hydrofluoric acid.
- Cosmetics may contain chemicals that damage citrine so bracelets and rings should be put on after makeup is applied.
- Avoid exposing the gem to extreme heat or sunlight that can cause it to fade and crack.
Get Help from a Professional
Your gemstone requires professional maintenance. It’s advisable to take it to a jeweler for an inspection and cleaning at least twice a year.
How To Clean Citrine: Conclusion
Citrine jewelry is lovely and valuable. Now that you know what you need to do to keep it safe and clean, you are ready to enjoy wearing yours for years to come.
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About The Author: Hi, I’m Jessica. I’m a Mom of 2 and I love DIY hacks, home decor ideas and non-toxic cleaning tips. I created this website to share my knowledge with a community of like-minded people who love simple, easy and safe ways to keep their home clean and inspiring. I hope you enjoy!