Cherished for its exquisite craftsmanship, vibrant colours and healing properties, amethyst is a bountiful type of quartz. Although all amethyst gemstones are valuable, jewellers and collectors regard deep purple amethyst more highly than other shades of amethyst. Egyptian and British royalty wore purple amethyst jewels centuries ago. Like all gemstones, purple amethyst crystals accumulate grime and oil, which dull their radiance. Regularly cleaning purple amethyst restores its vibrant beauty and lustre. Carefully clean purple amethyst rocks using mild solutions.
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Things you need
- Clean bowl
- 1 tbsp mild dishwashing liquid
- Soft bristle brush
- 2 microfiber cloths or towels
- Box lined with soft fabric
Fill a clean bowl with 1 qt. hot water. Stir 1 tbsp mild dishwashing liquid into the hot water.
Submerge the purple amethyst rock in the solution. Let the amethyst soak in the solution for 15 minutes to allow the mild soap to dissolve grime from the rock's surface.
Scrub the entire rock gently with a soft bristle brush, such as a clean toothbrush. Remove all grime residue and oil from the rock.
Rinse the amethyst rock thoroughly with distilled water. Unlike tap water, distilled water ensures no mineral deposits develop on the rock's surface after rinsing it.
Wipe the amethyst gently with a microfiber cloth or towel to absorb moisture.
Place the amethyst on a fresh microfiber cloth or towel to air-dry completely.
Store the clean amethyst separately in a box lined with soft fabric for preservation.
Tips and warnings
- Never clean amethyst with ammonium fluoride or hydrofluoric acid, as these substances will erode the stone.
- Strong detergents can mar the amethyst's appearance. Use a mild, vegetable-based soap.
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