If you have tanzanite in your jewelry collection, chances are you adore it and want to take the best care you can to protect this beautiful investment. We’ll teach you the best ways to clean these pieces, how to care for them and important tips for preventing damage.

How to Clean Tanzanite Jewelry

What Is Tanzanite?

This blue and purple variety of zoisite is unlike any other blue or purple gem you can think of, ranging from a soft bi-color variety to pleasing purples and the most valuable of its kind—a rich, intense blue. Tanzanite is a relatively sensitive gem with a 6.5 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, making it very important to take great care when handling and cleaning this stone. Other than its mesmerizing appearance, tanzanite is also highly sought-after due to its rarity being a single-source gemstone, discovered in Tanzania in 1967. Tanzanite was first brought to market by Tiffany & Co. in the late 1960s and has only gained in popularity since, even becoming an alternative gemstone for December babies.  

three tanzanite rings

Getting Started

Ready to start cleaning your tanzanite jewelry? You will need the following items:

  • Two bowls
  • Warm water
  • Mild soap
  • Soft cloth
  • Soft-bristled brush

Start by adding the warm water to each bowl and mixing a couple of drops of mild soap into one of the bowls.

Step 1

Soak jewelry in warm, soapy water. 

Warm, soapy water will allow every crevice of the piece to be cleaned and sterilized. Let jewelry soak for 5-10 minutes. 

soaking tanzanite jewelry in warm, soapy water

Step 2

Brush your jewelry gently with a soft-bristled brush. 

It is important that the brush is soft to avoid any damage to the piece. Pay special attention to the underside or back of your jewelry where dirt and dust can accumulate. 

Brushing tanzanite jewelry with a soft-bristled brush

Step 3

Rinse in warm water. 

Rinsing thoroughly prevents soap build-up. We recommend rinsing your jewelry in a bowl of warm water and not over a sink where your jewelry could slip down a drain. 

Step 4

Pat your jewelry dry with a soft, absorbent cloth. 

If the cloth is too rough, it may cause damage to the piece by scratching it. 

Patting tanzanite jewelry dry with a soft, absorbent cloth

Step 5

Store tanzanite jewelry pieces separately to prevent scratching. 

If jewelry is stored together, it may move and shift due to placing things in and out or even be scratched by another piece of jewelry in your collection. It is ideal to store your tanzanite jewelry pieces in soft pouches or a soft-lined jewelry box.  

tanzanite jewelry stored in velvet-lined jewelry storage

Cleaning Tanzanite Jewelry with JTV’s Jewelry Cleaning Essentials®

For cleaning your tanzanite jewelry, we recommend using our JTV Cleaning Essentials® Jewelry Care System. This gentle system is a tested formula to super-clean your jewelry in just a few steps.

Start by opening the cleanser and pulling out the basket inside the container. Sit your jewelry on the strainer-like surface and slowly let the basket down to the bottom of the container. Let your jewelry soak in the cleanser for about two minutes. After two minutes, slowly pull up the basket and remove your jewelry.

Next, you'll want to take the small touch-up brush and gently clean the surface of your jewelry. Pay special attention to hard-to-reach areas. Rinse jewelry carefully with lukewarm water and blot dry with a soft, dry cloth.

After cleaning, you'll want to use your Jewelry Cleaning Essentials® polishing cloth and rub gently to remove any residue and add a finishing shine.

For more information about each product and its ingredients, visit https://www.jtv.com/help/jewelry-cleaner.

JTV's Jewelry Cleaning Essentials

More Tips to Care for Tanzanite Jewelry

  • Never use an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner to clean your tanzanite jewelry pieces. Ultrasonic cleaners can cause damage to more sensitive gemstones like tanzanite.
  • Avoid exposing your tanzanite jewelry to extreme temperature changes as this can cause cracks and other damage through thermal shock.
  • To prevent damage or discoloration, remove tanzanite jewelry when swimming, entering a hot tub, doing a strenuous workout or cleaning with harsh chemicals.
  • Consider removing your tanzanite jewelry when bathing to keep soap scum from building up on the surface and dulling its shine.
  • Prevent your tanzanite jewelry from being exposed to perfumes, hair spray, makeup or lotions.

We hope our cleaning guide on tanzanite jewelry was helpful! For more jewelry care tips, check out our jewelry cleaning guide for overall advice on jewelry maintenance.

Erin Smith

Erin enjoys empowering fellow jewelry lovers with the knowledge and tools to care for their jewelry and keep it sparkling like the day they purchased it.

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