How To Clean Amethyst Jewelry

For over a century, Siebke Hoyt has been helping customers appreciate the beauty and allure of fine jewelry. We're not only purveyors of quality merchandise at a fair price but also a reliable source of information on how to maintain and care for your treasured pieces. One gemstone we often get asked about is the beautiful amethyst. Here's a comprehensive guide on how to clean amethyst jewelry, drawing from our long-standing expertise in the industry.

Understanding the Characteristics of Amethyst

Amethyst, known for its stunning purple hue, is a form of quartz. It ranks at a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness, implying it's a durable gemstone but can be susceptible to scratches if not handled correctly. Its unique properties, durability, and vulnerability to certain environments or substances are essential considerations when cleaning your amethyst jewelry.

General Tips for Caring for Amethyst Jewelry

Amethyst jewelry can last a lifetime and beyond if cared for properly. Here are some tips from our experienced staff:

  • Storage: Store your amethyst jewelry in a fabric-lined box or a pouch to prevent it from getting scratched by other pieces.
  • When to avoid wearing: Avoid wearing your amethyst jewelry during physical activities or in environments that can expose it to harsh chemicals.
  • Regular maintenance: Wipe your jewelry with a soft, dry cloth after wearing it to remove any oils or dirt.

For a more thorough cleaning, follow our step-by-step guide below.

Cleaning Amethyst Jewelry: A Step-by-step Guide

Preparing for the Cleaning Process

You'll need a few simple supplies: 

  • a bowl
  • warm water
  • mild soap
  • a soft toothbrush
  • a soft, lint-free cloth

Before you begin, inspect your jewelry for any loose settings or damage. If you notice any issues, we recommend booking an appointment with our skilled staff for a professional assessment.

Cleaning Process

  • Initial rinse: Rinse your jewelry under warm running water.
  • Soaking the amethyst jewelry: Fill your bowl with warm water and a couple of drops of mild soap. Soak your jewelry for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Scrubbing the amethyst gently: Using your soft toothbrush, gently scrub the amethyst and the setting. Be cautious around the prongs or other delicate areas.
  • Rinsing after cleaning: Rinse under warm running water, ensuring to remove all soap.

Drying and Polishing the Amethyst Jewelry

Pat the jewelry dry with your soft cloth. Avoid using heat or letting it air dry to prevent water spots or damage.

What to Avoid When Cleaning Amethyst Jewelry

Even though amethyst is a sturdy gemstone, there are certain things you should avoid:

  • Ultrasonic cleaners or steamers: These can cause damage to the amethyst.
  • Harsh chemicals: Ammonia, bleach, and other harsh chemicals can dull the amethyst's surface.
  • Abrasive materials: Avoid using anything that might scratch the surface of your amethyst.

When to Seek Professional Cleaning

While home cleaning is usually sufficient, it may not be enough for heavily soiled or intricate pieces. At Siebke Hoyt, our experienced professionals can help with deep cleaning using techniques and equipment suited for delicate amethyst jewelry.


Properly cleaned and cared-for amethyst jewelry can retain its beautiful purple hue and sparkle for generations. With our simple guide and a bit of regular maintenance, you can keep your pieces looking their best. But remember, if you're ever in doubt, our friendly staff at Siebke Hoyt is always ready to assist you.

In our ongoing commitment to educating and assisting our customers, we have a dedicated FAQ section on our blog. Here, we answer your common queries related to cleaning and maintaining amethyst jewelry and more.

For any further inquiries or to book an appointment with our experts, please contact us.