Living in Orange County, California means you get plenty of sunshine. While that’s definitely great for the local active outdoor lifestyle, it can be hard on your jewelry. Certain gemstones fade when exposed to too much sunlight, while others will not stand up to prolonged heat especially well. Here’s what you need to know:
Always Safe, Even in the Sun: The precious gemstones – diamond, ruby, sapphire, and emerald – are renowned for their durability. Fading subsequent to sun exposure isn’t generally an issue, and if you can endure the ambient temperature, so will your diamond and precious gemstone jewelry. This is why these four stones have such timeless appeal – many of our favorite designs in the “Previously Enjoyed Collection” at The Jewelry Box of Lake Forest feature diamonds or precious gemstones.
Especially Prone to Fading: Many semi-precious gemstones are specific types of colored quartz. This includes amethyst, citrine, and rose quartz – all popular choices for fine and fashion jewelry! While you should be fine wearing your colored quartz jewelry on a day to day basis, you want to avoid storing it in direct sunlight. Kunzite is very similar to quartz; this pink gemstone has a pronounced tendency to fade in strong sunlight and many people prefer to wear it only at night.
A Word About Topaz: Topaz jewelry is extremely popular in Orange County. Topaz comes in a number of colors, including a gorgeous clear blue, warm browns, and a very sunny yellow, evocative of citrine. Yellow topaz shares citrine’s tendency to fade; again – fine for day to day wear, but don’t store it in the sun, and you probably don’t want to wear it for a long day on the beach. Brown topaz is often treated to prevent color loss. Fading is not a significant issue with blue topaz.
Opals are Sensitive: Opals are very unique gemstones. Their chemical nature includes a lot of silica and water – a reactive mix that cannot endure direct sunlight or high temperatures for prolonged periods of time. To keep your opals looking good, you’ll want to wear them on cloudy days, under artificial light, or in the evenings. Avoid high temperatures. Don’t store opals where they’re exposed to sun or high temperatures: this will prevent them from losing their color and cracking.