Taking Care Of Tanzanite
Cleaning Tanzanite Jewelry
When cleaning tanzanite at the jewelry store, never allow the store to clean the stone in an ultrasonic machine, as it vibrates at high speeds, and the stone is very likely to crack in the process. Instead, it is best to clean tanzanite rings with warm soapy water and a soft cloth, or to take them for a professional clean and buff at your local jeweler’s.
The Care Of Tanzanite Rings
To keep a tanzanite engagement ring from becoming scratched or damaged with time, remove the ring before any type of activities which could expose your jewelry to strong knocks or abrasions, such as heavy cleaning, gardening, exercise, etc.
Most people are familiar with diamonds, which are extremely hard – however, tanzanite is a softer gemstone and should be handled with much more care than you would a diamond. Tanzanite is similar in hardness to an emerald, but is less brittle. It is ideally suited for wear in dress rings, earrings, and necklaces. As it is susceptible to damage from hard knocks, active people should consider tanzanite jewelry that won’t be exposed to as many bumps, such as pendants or earrings. Similarly, additional protective mountings can be used to protect corners and girdle edges.
Tanzanite rates 6.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness, which ranges from one to ten. For comparison, diamond is rated 10, and sapphire, 8.5.