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Remove jewelry before doing heavy work. Take care of your Amethyst by treating it gently, and by keeping your gems and jewelry clean.

To keep your gems sparkling, clean them when dust and fingerprints have dimmed their brilliance. The best way to clean your gemstone jewelry is in a bowl of water with a few drops of ordinary dish detergent. Using an old toothbrush or other soft brush, scrub gently behind the stone where dust and soap can collect. Dry your jewelry thoroughly with a soft cloth, and use 'Q tips' to get into the more difficult places.

Soaking Amethyst in alcohol such as vodka, overnight loosens stubborn dirt, which can then be rinsed and brushed away. Always use a soft brush but no abrasives, not even toothpaste; such abrasives will not hurt Amethyst but will scratch the softer silver, gold or platinum settings.

In the case of Amethyst, possessing a medium hardness of 7 on the Moh's hardness scale with no cleavage, home ultrasonic cleaners can be used but should executed with great care. Ultrasonic cleaners can be used to clean lightly included sapphire, ruby, diamond, citrine, garnets, iolite, chrysoberyl, and unadorned jewelry but it may damage gems like topaz, peridot, emerald, pink tourmaline, pearls, coral, lapis lazuli, malachite, turquoise, and any gem that possesses a cleavage or is heavily included. When in doubt, don't use it, and as always consult a local reputable jeweler before attempting any cleaning yourself.

To protect the beauty of your Amethyst gems and jewelry, make sure you store each piece separately. Gems may scratch each other or the metal in your jewelry. Avoid creating a tangle of jewelry by wrapping each piece individually or keeping it in its own compartment. Especially when you travel, make sure your jewelry pieces don't jostle each other in one bag.

Gemstones are among the most durable of nature's creations. With a little care, they will be as beautiful for generations to come as they are today.

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