1). How To Care About Pearls

Pearls, with their delicate shimmer and soft glow, are gems that require special care to maintain their beauty for years to come. To ensure the longevity of your pearls, here are some valuable tips:

- Store them separately from other gems and minerals, as their low hardness makes them susceptible to scratches.

- Avoid storing them in warm environments or exposing them to strong light sources for extended periods of time, as this can cause them to dry out and alter their lustre and colour.

- When getting ready, always put on your pearls last and remove them first at the end of the evening. Their delicate nature makes them vulnerable to acids and chemicals found in perfumes, which can dull their lustre or even dissolve them. It is recommended to occasionally rinse them with warm water and a gentle soap, then pat them dry with a soft cloth.

With proper care, pearls can become treasured heirlooms that last for generations to come.

2). How To Care About Opals

Opal, with a hardness of 6.5 on Moh's scale, is a delicate and captivating stone. Composed mainly of hydrated silica and containing 6-10% water, opals shimmer with a unique iridescence. However, these precious gems must be cared for carefully to maintain their beauty. In very dry conditions, opals may crack, known as "crazing."

To clean solid opals, gently use a soft sponge or cloth with lukewarm water and mild detergent. Avoid using bleach and harsh chemicals, as they can damage the stone. Ultrasonic cleaners should also be avoided for cleaning opals.

If your opal has lost its shine or become scratched over time, it can be re-polished to restore its lustre and smooth surface.

Due to their softness, opals should not be worn with other jewellery that could potentially scratch or damage them. When storing your opals, place them in a padded cloth bag and consider leaving a small glass of water in the enclosed space to help maintain their moisture. Alternatively, you can place your opal on cotton wool soaked with a few drops of water before storing them away. This will ensure that your opal remains hydrated and pristine for years to come.