For millennia, elaborately cut gems have been the subject of adoration, but before mankind discovered improved ways for treating and shaping these valuable stones, they were used in their original rough form.
Given how human aesthetic appreciation appears to be somewhat cyclical in nature, it's no wonder that interest in these rough-cut diamonds has resurfaced.
Aside from the contrast between the glitzy lights and the simple, unpolished form, there are many other variables contributing to the rise in popularity of raw crystal jewelry.
Raw diamonds are re-entering the spotlight after a long absence, combining nostalgia with modernism and modesty with opulence. They appear to be closer to nature and less polluted by human intervention, resulting in more natural and full beauty. Raw diamonds also evoke a strong affinity with our forefathers and mothers. Their inherent beauty is preserved by their rough shape, which also serves as a monument to their long journey to your jewelry box.
RAW GEMSTONE ESSENTIAL CARE TIPS
Once you've figured out what kind of gemstone you're dealing with, you'll want to make sure you know how to clean and preserve it properly. For example, certain stones are more porous than others, which means that cleaning them with acids or powerful detergents could cause considerable harm. Others contain more water than regular stones and must be preserved in a cool, consistent atmosphere. Some gemstones are even photosensitive, meaning that after prolonged exposure to sunshine, they may begin to lose their hue.
We'll go over the process shortly because most varieties of gemstones and jewelry can be cleaned with mild detergents or commercially available jewelry cleaning products. You can clean amber, amethysts, aquamarines, citrines, diamonds, emeralds, garnets, jade, lapis lazuli, malachites, opals, rubies, sapphires, turquoise, and topaz with detergent, among other things. However, before we get started, it's a good idea to learn which of the common stones can be cleaned in this manner.
Soak the gemstone in mix of baby shampoo / baby body wash and warm water to begin the process. After a few moments, remove the stone and gently clean it with a soft brush, being careful not to scratch the stone with any of the brush's head.
After you've finished brushing the stone, return it to the solution for a few more moments before rinsing it. To avoid the formation of cracks produced by fast heating and cooling of the stone, use clean running water at about the same temperature as the detergent solution. Finally, use a delicate cloth to dry the gemstone. Alternatively, if you want to ensure that your stone is free of water stains after drying, cover it with dried maple wood chips, which will absorb all of the moisture and can then be brushed off of the gemstone.
While human ingenuity and talent in modifying nature to meet our needs are admirable traits, there are times when we need to step back and let nature do its thing.
Even though we have devised novel ways to display gemstones in all their brilliant splendor, natural forces have been sculpting some stones for far longer than we have existed as a species. While the results of these forces' interactions do not have to meet our aesthetic criteria, they are truly breathtaking when they do.