GARNET

Garnet is the birthstone for January and is thought to keep the wearer safe during travel.

Garnet is a 6.5 - 7.5 on the Mohs Scale, they have fair to good toughness, making them durable enough for all jewellery styles if they are treated with the proper care. Garnets should not be subjected to any hard blows or rough wear.  

They may be cleaned with warm soapy water.
 

AMETHYST

Amethyst is the birthstone for February and is said to strengthen relationships and give its wearer courage.

Amethyst is a 7 on the Mohs Scale, they have fair to good toughness, making them durable enough for all jewellery styles if they are treated with the proper care.  

It may be cleaned with warm soapy water.


AQUAMARINE

Aquamarine is the birthstone for March and is calming, soothing, and cleansing, and inspires truth, trust and letting go.

Aquamarine is a 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale, so it is a durable gemstone for jewellery if it is treated with care to protect it against scratching and hard knocks.  

It may be cleaned with warm soapy water.
 

DIAMOND

Diamond is the birthstone for April and said to be a symbol of everlasting love; and thought to bring courage.

Diamond is a 10 on the Mohs Scale, making it the hardest naturally occurring stone, making it very durable to everyday wear.

It may be cleaned with warm soapy water.
 

EMERALD
Emerald is the birthstone for May and signifies wisdom, growth, and patience.

Emerald is 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale and has fair to good toughness, making it a stone that requires more care in wearing than ruby or sapphire.

It may be cleaned with warm soapy water.
 

PEARL
Pearl is the birthstone for June and has long been a symbol of purity and wisdom.

Pearl is 2.5 on the Mohs Scale, which means it is more vulnerable to being scratched. But with care, pearl jewellery can be a lasting treasure.

It is best to wipe pearls with a very soft, clean cloth after each wearing.
 

RUBY

Ruby is the birthstone for July and is believed to protect its wearer from evil.

Ruby is 9 on the Mohs Scale, making it the second hardest gem; along with sapphire. This makes it ideal for daily wear.  

It may be cleaned with warm soapy water.
 

PERIDOT

Peridot is the birthstone for August and symbolizes strength.

Peridot is a 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale, it has fair to good toughness.   

Warm, soapy water is the best method for cleaning peridot.
 

SAPPHIRE

Sapphire is the birthstone for September and a symbol of power and strength, but also of kindness and wise judgment.

Sapphire is a 9 on the Mohs Scale, making it the second hardest gem; along with ruby. This makes it ideal for daily wear.  

It may be cleaned with warm soapy water.
 

OPAL

Tourmaline is one of the birthstones for October; and symbolizes faithfulness and confidence, it is also said to repel evil.

Opal ranges from 5 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale. It is more delicate and requires care when wearing so as to not scratch or break the stone.  

The only safe way to clean opal is with warm, soapy water.

 

TOPAZ AND BLUE TOPAZ

Topaz is the birthstone for November and symbolizes love and affection. It is believed to give the wearer increased strength and intellect.

Topaz can be found in a variety of colours and Blue Topaz is particularly popular in jewellery. Blue Topaz is associated with peacefulness, calming to the emotions.

Topaz is an 8 on the Mohs Scale. It has fair to good toughness.   

Warm, soapy water is the best method for cleaning topaz.


TURQUOISE

Turquoise is the birthstone for December and is a symbol of good fortune and success, it is also believed to relax the mind and to protect its wearer from harm.

Turquoise ranks 5 to 6 on the Mohs scale and has fair to good toughness.   

It is safe to clean turquoise jewellery with warm, soapy water, but it should never be cleaned with steam or ultrasonic cleaners.

ROSE QUARTZ

Rose Quartz is known to be the stone of unconditional love.

Rose Quartz is a 7 on the Mohs scale, it has fair to good toughness.   

Warm, soapy water is the best method for cleaning rose quartz.
 

HOWLITE

Howlite is said to be a powerful calming stone, removing anger or aggressiveness.

Howlite is often dyed into various colours, the most common of which is turquoise coloured.

Howlite is around 3.5 on the Mohs Scale, as it is a softer than many other gemstones it requires more care to avoid scratching.  

It is best to clean with mild soapy water and a soft cloth. As with most gemstones, it is not recommended to use ultrasonic and steam cleaners.