How can I care for stone objects?

Like glass items, objects made of stone are susceptible to damage such as cracking or breaking, and need to be stored, displayed, and handled very carefully. When keeping an item in storage or moving it, make sure that it is well padded and securely fastened so that it cannot roll over or be dropped. To prevent accidental breakage, try to handle or move stone items only when absolutely necessary.

When displaying stone items, make sure they are in a securely positioned and not in a location where visitors can inadvertently cause damage by touching or knocking them.

Wear gloves when handling stone objects, and always be sure to lift things from their strongest point rather than from handles or other protrusions. Don’t ever try to lift a heavy object on your own: get someone to help you and use a trolley when necessary.

Learn more about how to care for stone objects:


Museum Management Program

(American National Park Service)

Stone Preservation

(Marble Institute of America)

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