Learn how to clean rings in order to be able to take care of your beautiful rings and maintain their brilliance. To help you understand how to clean rings and avoid some common mistakes, we have created a comprehensive ring care guide which will help you understand how to take care of your precious rings. In the guide you will discover:

  • How to clean rings depending on their metals
  • How to clean gemstone rings
  • Cleaning tips for different rings styles

Read further to find out how to clean rings and take care of your jewelry so that it always looks fabulous. Also, if you want to find out more about rings for women, read this article.

How to clean rings according to the metals

It is very important to know the metal of your ring otherwise you could end up ruining it when you clean it. Look carefully at your ring to discover the metal and clean it accordingly.

How to clean rings made of gold

Gold jewelry, in general, contains a percentage of gold among other metals. You cannot find 100% gold jewelry as gold in its pure form is very soft. Look at your ring and notice the karat type. 10k means that your ring doesn’t have a big percentage of gold in it, while 22k means that you have the “purest” gold ring possible. While many people look for high-karat gold, you should know that low-karat gold it more resistant.

For 10k and 14k gold, you can use warm soapy water and a jewelry brush. For 18k and 22k which scratches more easily, use warm soapy water and a lint-free cloth to clean it. Remember that we are talking about simple gold bands. For gemstones gold rings you shouldn’t use water, only to dip the cloth/ brush in it. Don’t forget to rinse and dry your gold ring. Every two months you should polish it to maintain its brilliance.

How to clean rings that are gold plated

With gold plated rings you only get a thin layer of gold over an alloy of different metals. This is why gold plated rings can be more fragile than solid gold ones. Just dip a microfiber cloth in warm water and rub them gently. Dry them with another lint-free cloth. Don’t use a polishing cloth on your gold plated rings as you can scratch off the thin layer of gold. To discover more about how to care for gold plated rings, check out this article.

How to clean rings made of silver

While silver is a little bit more resistant to scratches than gold, you still need to be careful. Use warm soapy water and a jewelry brush to clean it. Every two months, use a silver polishing cloth to remove the tarnish from your silver jewelry. If it has a thick layer of tarnish, take it to the jewelry shop for professional cleaning.

How to clean rings of other materials

Remember that platinum rings can scratch easily, so just rub them gently with a damp lint-free cloth. Stainless steel and titanium rings are very resistant and you can soak them in soapy water to clean them afterward with a jewelry brush. With copper rings, you need to use a polishing cloth to remove the tarnish, while with brass rings you need to be very careful and use a soft microfiber damp cloth.

How to clean rings according to the gemstones

Besides the at-home cleaning methods, you also get mechanical cleaning methods like ultrasonics, boiling and steaming. You need to know which cleaning methods are safe for your gemstone ring so, in a nutshell, here is what you need to know.

  • Cleaning with a brush & warm soapy water is okay for amethyst, aquamarine, carnelian, citrine, diamond, emerald, garnet jade, peridot, ruby, sapphire, topaz, tourmaline, and zircon.
  • Cleaning with only a moist cloth is okay for any of the above gemstones, plus amber, lapis lazuli, pearls, opals, turquoise, and moonstone.
  • Ultrasonic mechanical cleaning can only be used with amethyst, aquamarine, carnelian, citrine, diamond, ruby, sapphire, garnet and jade.
  • Steaming or boiling mechanical cleaning is okay for diamonds, jade, ruby, and sapphire

How to clean rings according to their styles

As you know rings have various styles and settings and some of them require extra care. So, without further ado, here are ring settings & styles that require extra care. For each of them, you need to use a soft jewelry brush and try to get out the dirt that usually piles up in the setting. You need to be very careful about it, though, so that you don’t remove the stones:

  • Rings with a prong setting
  • Cathedral setting
  • Channel setting, but be very careful about it and try not to scratch the stones
  • Bar setting styles
  • Pave setting rings
  • Halo rings
  • Cluster rings

For other settings, such as the bezel or other ring styles, like the cocktail ring, it will be easier to clean them. However, you still need to be careful about it not to scratch the stones. Also, the ring setting is important when you decide to resize your rings. Find out everything you need to know about ring resizing from this article.

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