The ruby gemstone ranks third to diamonds and moissanite in hardness but remains equally alluring to buyers. Because of its natural solidity, the stone is easily cleanable so that the stone regains sparkle and lustre once removing dirt and grunge. Follow a few simple guidelines to clean your ruby jewellery without damaging the precious stone.
Use an Ultrasonic Cleaner
The best ruby gemstone has a blood-red colour with stone variations ranging from pink to maroon. You may own a ruby ring, ruby earrings, or a ruby stone set into a pendant which soils from day-to-day wear. An ultrasonic jewellery cleaner uses ultrasonic waves as a gentle way to remove dust and residue without employing the use of harsh cleaning chemicals. If your ruby jewellery originally had surface cracks and imperfections treated with fracture filling, do not use this cleaning method.
Purchase a Jewellery Cleaning Kit
Thankfully you do not own the largest ruby in the world weighing 4.6 grammes, but your ruby necklace is just as important to you when it comes to looking good. Before beginning your cleaning regimen, purchase a jewellery cleaning kit containing items such as a cleaning brush, steel wire wheel brush, and other utensils to clean the stone safely. Invest in a supply of jewellery cleaning cloths which do not mar or scratch your gemstone. Keep rubbing alcohol on hand which serves as a non-toxic cleaning solution.
Clean with a Water Solution
Loosen up dirt and grime using the following steps.
- Grab a small bowl from the kitchen and fill with warm water, but avoid using extremely hot water.
- Add a few squirts of mild dishwashing detergent and blend by gentling swishing the liquid detergent into the water.
- Put a single piece of the jewellery into the solution and let sit for several minutes or more to break away the dirt. You might be tempted to dump all your jewellery at once into the bowl but clean one piece at a time. Refill the bowl with the water/detergent solution upon each cleaning.
- You should see dirt break away. Use the cleaning brush from the jewellery cleaning kit or buy a soft toothbrush to rub the stone gently without scrubbing. Your ruby piece should turn from dim to brilliant.
- For hard-to-clean pieces, soak overnight in rubbing alcohol or even vodka to gradually remove heavy staining and soiling.
- Once satisfied with the results, rinse the ruby jewellery with clear water and pat dry with a soft cleaning cloth.
- Store jewellery flat in a box to keep dust away from the stone. Light may fade the gemstone. Never store jewellery pieces together in a bag as damage can likely occur.