How Do You Clean Turquoise & Silver Jewelry?
Turquoise is a beautiful mineral that has been mined and traded for thousands of years in several countries from the southwestern United States to Turkey. It is often paired with the metallic element, silver, in jewelry. Turquoise ranges in color from deep blue to green, and can have veins of other minerals running through it, such as iron or quartz. Turquoise is a soft, porous stone which requires different cleaning procedures than its frequent partner, silver. Clean the silver part of jewelry with a dry silver polishing cloth. If your silver polishing cloth is permeated with cleaning agents, do not let it come into contact with the turquoise as it will damage the luster of the stone. Natural silver polishing cloths that do not contain cleaning agents also may be used to clean turquoise that is not heavily soiled. Apply a cotton swab with diluted dish liquid to heavily tarnished silver. Remove any dish liquid residue by wiping the silver with a soft, damp cloth (luke-warm tap water on