Sparkling and colorful, gemstones are certain to leave no man or perhaps, women unmoved. Their shine and brilliance is sure to implant admiration even into the most callous soul. Precious gemstones re also valued and recognized for their durability and their main positive attribute apart from breathtaking beauty, is their permanence.
However, there is still risk that due to any of several factors, gemstones have lost their initial look and began to look pathetic rather than breathtaking. In that case it appears appropriate to use gemstone enhancement methods. There are several types available: permanent methods (namely laser drilling, heating and radiation) and temporary methods (washing, oiling, etc) that can be of considerable help.
However, before embarking on describing temporary or permanent methods of gemstone enhancement in a detailed manner, it seems necessary to provide the reader, who is likely to be the lucky owner of a collection of gemstones, with a few tips concerning the storing of gemstones and their maintenance.
It goes without saying that gemstones are appreciated not only for their appealing look, its amazing glow and shine, but also for their durability, which was recognized already in the earliest times. Notwithstanding the fact, the certain rules of gemstone wearing and storing are obligatory to observe in order to prevent the precious mineral from losing its charm.
First and foremost it is essential to keep articles of jewelry with gemstones away from each other in order to prevent them from scratching each other; there is additional risk that the gemstone that is intrinsically tougher than metal may damage the surface of gold or silver other articles are set in.
In terms of maintenance occasional cleaning using gentle soap and a soft tooth brush (referred to as gemstone bath is required in order to get rid of the dust maintain the appealing look. The maintenance rules are similar for all precious gemstones. Provided that good care of them is taken, including occasional cleaning and appropriate storing, they are sure to last for centuries and therefore successfully acquire the status of a family treasure and be passed on to successive generations. But in case permanent methods of gemstone enhancement are required, heating and radiation, as well as laser drilling are the most common methods.
Heating is one of permanent gemstone enhancement methods that guarantee a rather long-lasting effect, considerably improving the gemstone's transparency and color. It can be performed in a variety of different ways starting from throwing the gemstones straight into the fire to more sophisticated procedures that involve the usage of gas or electric furnaces.
Permanent methods of radiation take advantage of the gemstones' intrinsic ability to undergo changes if exposed to radiation. The radiation used in this case is purely artificial.
The main advantage of permanent methods of gemstone enhancement is the fact that there is no need to reapply them periodically.