If you love your turquoise jewelry and want it to last forever (which I know you do), you’ll need to take a few more precautions that with most other stones.
Turquoise has a porous surface, so it can and will easily absorb anything it comes into contact with. Over time, this could cause discoloration and damage to your stone.
Never wear your Turquoise while:
Washing your hands. Sawdust is often used underneath the stone, especially in older pieces. Getting the sawdust wet will eventually cause it to expand and loosen the stone in its setting.
Showering or bathing. Chemicals in soaps and body washes can be damaging.
Putting on makeup or hair products. Chemicals, oils, and perfumes in these can damage your stone.
Swimming. Again, harsh chemicals in the water can damage your stone. Sterling silver should also not be worn swimming as it will rapidly tarnish the metal, turning it black. This can be polished out, but it really isn’t good for the silver to do this repeatedly.
Doing household chores. Why, class? You got it...chemicals. Also, you run the risk of scratching the stone on something whilst scrubbing.
If you must clean your turquoise, warm water on a soft cloth will do the trick. Just make sure to dry it immediately after. Never use jewelry cleaners!
To cleanse your stones energetically, you can use smudging methods or moonlight. I don’t recommend using the water method for reasons stated above. I like to put my turquoise in a window sill at night where the moonlight will reach them. That always does the trick for me.