Meteorite Jewelry Cleaning and Care
Meteorite is an iron based material and does have the potential to rust. Jewelry by Johan uses Gibeon Meteorite which is considered to be one of the more stable Meteorite types. We want to keep your Meteorite as safe as possible from rusting – so here is some of our knowledge of how to take care of a ring that shows signs of rusting. Care must be taken to keep meteorite away from chemicals (chlorine, bleach, swimming pools, etc.) especially anything with an acid in it. Below are instructions on how to remove the rust.
1 Toothbrush (Old or New) Paper Towels/Soft Cloth Gunmetal Oil
90% Rubbing Alcohol 1 Small cup
Step 1:Place the ring in the small cup and fully submerge with the Alcohol, let it soak for 30 minutes, gently scrub the meteorite with the toothbrush.
Step 2:Remove the ring from the alcohol and dab dry with a paper towel; then air dry for at least 15-20 minutes.
Step 3:Apply a small amount of Gunmetal Oil to the Toothbrush, and scrub the meteorite gently. Wipe off excess oil with the paper towel or cloth. Repeat above steps if necessary. Gunmetal oil is an easy way to repel water and keep your ring safe!
How to Take Care of Meteorite Rings That Include Stones, Lapidary, and Ring Armor Materials
If your ring includes both meteorite AND lapidary (diamonds, gems, and other stones), then you will just need to be sure to tape off the lapidary sections of your ring with high-quality, waterproof or electrician’s tape before caring for the meteorite with the instructions explained above. Do not submerge the lapidary section in alcohol. You can use a cotton swab to apply the alcohol, instead of submerging completely. This also applies to materials with Ring Armor, such as wood and crushed stone inlays.
METEORITE JEWELRY STORAGE TIP
Minimize scratches and prevent damage by storing your jewelry in individual small plastic bags or in separate compartments of your jewelry box.
METEORITE CARE KIT
To remove rust and repel moisture from your meteorite jewelry, we recommend purchasing our Meteorite Care Kit along with your ring purchase. Click on the link for more information.
Unfortunately, if there is damage or rust with the meteorite in your jewelry, we cannot be held responsible once it has left our possession (if the problem/damage is not reported within 24 hours of receiving the meteorite, calculated from the date and time on the Delivery notice). This is because we have no control over how the jewelry has been handled once it is owned by you. What we CAN tell you is that all of our meteorite rings ship out completely rust-free.
The Widmanstätten pattern of your meteorite ring may become less sharp over time. If this occurs, the ring can be re-etched. Etching— as it relates to iron meteorites— is simply the process of revealing the metal's hidden crystalline structure. This structure is called a Widmanstätten pattern. This pattern is unique to meteorites and no two meteorites display the same exact pattern.
If your ring's Widmanstättenetching is becoming dull, simply let us know and mail it to us for a free re-etching.