Sparkling and colorful, gemstones can arouse a wide range of emotions, but not leave anyone indifferent. Their shine and brilliance is sure to implant admiration even into the most callous soul. Precious gemstones are 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 (bleaching, oiling and waxing) that can be of considerable help.
However, before embarking on describing permanent or temporary 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 article is 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 temporary methods of gemstone enhancement are required, oiling and waxing are the most common methods. Oiling is one of the most practical of temporary methods. It implies applying oil to a precious gemstone (most frequently emeralds), which then gets into the natural fissures of the gemstone and improves its clarity. However, one thing that should be kept in mind is that oil-treated gemstones should be then handled with care.
The main advantages of permanent methods of gemstone enhancement as opposed to temporary methods, is the fact that there is no need to reapply them every now and then. Waxing presupposes that gemstones are impregnated with wax (preferably colorless) producing the same effect as oil.