As we all know Diamonds are the hardest precious stone, and Sapphire is the next with a score of 9 in the Moh’s scale of hardness.
Only a Diamond can scratch a Sapphire, but Sapphires cannot scratch Diamonds.
Pure gold is a soft precious metal, it is softer than pure silver. This means that it can incur scratches. And pure gold won’t last its shine.
That’s why jewelers mostly used gold that is alloyed to increase its durability and shine.
But it doesn’t mean that it is totally safe from scratches, it can incur scratches depending on how you use it. But when polished again it would look like it’s a shiny brand new gold ring.
Pure Silver of Fine Silver on the other hand is also a soft precious metal. It is malleable and easily damaged.
So it is common to combine it with other metals to increase its durability just like gold.
The most common example is Sterling Silver which is composed of 92.5% Silver and 7.5 % Copper.
Platinum in its pure state is soft, so jewelers use platinum that is alloyed to increase it durability.
But when compared to Gold, Platinum is much stronger and durable.
The setting and prongs of a Platinum ring holding stones is less likely to break compared to Gold rings.
We’ve discussed the durability of each precious gem and precious metal because it is essential that we know how to take extra care when we are wearing our beloved rings.
We know that Diamonds, Sapphires, gold, silver and platinum are durable materials. But since they are custom made into smaller jewelry pieces, they can be quite fragile.
What to avoid doing & how to clean sapphire ring
Handle it with care
- Take off your ring before you start doing something that would require all your hand power.
- Avoid hitting your ring into something hard because it could chip the gems or the scratch the metal.
- If the ring will get a sharp blow, the setting or the micro prongs holding the diamonds can be loosened, and the gems would fall off.Avoid wearing your precious ring in the beach
Wearing precious jewelries in the beach gives you a high chance of losing it.
Remember your warranty and maintenance appointments.
Do not neglect the free check-up and maintenance appointments for your ring.
Experts can determine if your ring needs some repair to prevent any Diamonds or Sapphires from falling.
They are also the ones who could repair the scratches from the metal of your ring.
How to keep it clean and shiny on a daily basis
Avoid using thick lotions and creams
The residue of these products can build up on your ring and would result in making your ring look and feel dirty.
It can also cause discoloration in the long run especially if your ring is made of white gold or platinum.
Avoid using your ring while cooking
Actually, don’t use it while cooking. Take it off!
Food and oil is the last thing that you want to be stuck in your ring. And it would be hard to remove these if it gets into the tiny holes underneath your gems.
Store jewelries in individual cotton pouches
To avoid scratching your gems, give them their own pouch or if not their own pouch, their own space far from the other gems that can scratch them.
Now that we’re done considering the durability and the do’s and dont’s when wearing our precious rings.
How to clean your rings at the comfort of your home?
Just like what’s mentioned at the outset of the article, there are several ways on how you can clean the gem of your ring and the metal ring itself.
We will discuss the “general” or basic cleaning solutions that you can do, and the different ways of cleaning it depending on what kind of stone and metal your ring is made of.
Careful While Cleaning your Sapphire Ring
Many people are asking how to clean a Sapphire ring? A diamond Ring or even much softer gems, Are the cleaning techniques of a regular Sapphire ring different from cleaning a White Sapphire ring?
Things to remember in cleaning a Sapphire or Diamond ring:
- Never use sharp objects because it will result in damaging the setting or scratching the gems and the metal.
- Be gentle and patient when cleaning.
- Avoid using harsh chemicals in cleaning.
- It is your choice if you want to use and Ultra Sonic Jewelry cleaning machine. But Remember that its vibrations can cause the setting or the stones to loosen and fall.
- Never use paper towels to dry your ring- Use soft cloth or air dry it.
How to Clean a Sapphire ring at home
- Just like a regular Diamond ring, it should be inspected and cleaned by jewelry shops every 6 months.
Now to maintain and clean your Sapphire ring or White Sapphire ring at home, this is what you can do:
- Use warm water and mild dishwashing soap.
- You can also use Ammonia to 6 parts of water.
- Soak your ring into the water solution.
- Then lightly scrub it with a soft bristled unused toothbrush or brush.
- Then rinse it with lukewarm water and dry.
- Dry it with a soft cotton cloth.
- You can also try blow drying it to remove all the water. This would also add shine to your ring.
How to clean a Diamond ring?
Cleaning your Diamond ring regularly is essential if you want to keep its spark.
Clean it at least once a week.
In choosing a cleaning solution make sure that you use a Non-Abrasive and Chemical free solution.
Before purchasing a cleaning solution for your jewelry check its content and reviews. Make sure that it won’t affect the durability of the metal and cause discoloration on the stone and metal.
Water and Mild Soap
You can either use a dishwashing soap, shampoo or body wash, as long as it is mild.
This can be used no matter what stone and metal type your ring is.
- Use warm water and add the mild soap in it.
- Soak your ring for 20-40 minutes depending on how dirty it is.
- Brush it using a soft bristled toothbrush.
- Rinse with running water.
- Dry with soft cloth.
- Blow dry to remove the water that is left in the tiny holes underneath the stones.
And just like with Sapphires, you can also use Ammonia. (Disclaimer! Use protective gear, gloves, glasses and respirators, Do not use chemicals inside your home)
- Ammonia solution
- Use one part ammonia to six parts water.
- Use small soft bristle brush.
- Brush under the stones gently.
- Dry with cloth or blow dry.
In cleaning your Gold rings here are the chemicals that you should never use:
- Powdered cleaners.
- Baking soda
Gold Diamond ring
- Windex and Hydrogen Peroxide Solution
Windex cleaning solution will remove the dirt and hydrogen peroxide will remove the bacteria from the ring.
- Prepare a half cup of Windex and a half cup of hydrogen peroxide and mix it in a container.
- Soak your ring in the solution for 10 minutes.
- Scrub it carefully and gently using a soft bristled unused toothbrush.
- Then rinse with lukewarm water.
- Dry with a soft cloth.
For Solid Gold rings:
There is a CAUTION here though, Do not use Dark Ale Beer.
- Get a piece of clean white cloth.
- Dip the cloth into a little bit of beer.
- Gently rub it into the Gold band of your ring.
- Do not rub it on the gemstones or the Diamond.
- Dry it using another cloth or towel.
Silver Diamond Ring:
Vinegar can be a substitute to Windex. But we do not suggest mixing Windex with Baking soda.
- Vinegar and Baking soda
- Pour ½ cup of vinegar in a container and add 2 tablespoons of baking soda.
- Mix it until the baking soda is dissolved.
- Soak your Silver Diamond ring in the solution for a minimum of 2 hours and maximum of 3 hours.
- Rinse with water.
- Dry with a soft cloth.
Your silver ring got blackish
For Tarnished Silver Ring:
If your silver ring is tarnished you can use this cleaning solution.
Yes we’ve mentioned that we don’t want food in our rings, but Ketchup is in a semi-liquid form so it is easy to rinse it with running water.
Ketchup will improve and bring back the shine of your silver ring.
- Pour ketchup into a container.
- Put your Silver ring into the ketchup and leave it there for a few minutes.
- Use a soft bristled toothbrush to brush the Silver ring.
- Rinse with running lukewarm water.
- Dry with a soft cloth.
- Do not use Dark Ale Beer
- Pour beer on cloth a little bit
- Rub it gently over the band
- Do not rub on gemstones or diamond
- Use another cloth or towel to dry
- You can also use shampoo or body wash
- Avoid moisturizing products- it can leave a film on the ring
- For drying- Avoid paper towels- can scratch metal
- Soft cloth or air dry
(Disclaimer! Please Use protective gear, gloves, glasses and respirators, Do not use chemicals inside your home, If you have never used any of these just clean with hot water and soap. as it is our most recommended way of cleaning your ring safely at home. Allsapphires.com has no liability or responsibility for any injury, illness, damage, loss, accident, expense, or any other claim arising from involvement in any activities or provision of any services howsoever suffered)