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Your Guide to Caring for Gemstone Rings

It your favorite gemstone ring losing its sparkle?

With everyday wear, all gemstones need proper care and cleaning to prolong their brilliance. Dust, dirt, lotions, and chemicals are just a few impurities that can cause your gemstone ring to dull over time. Although many of your favorite gemstone can be returned to their original sparkle using effective at-home cleaning remedies, you can always book a professional cleaning with Brilliant Earth at one of our showrooms. Each gemstone requires specific care and cleaning methods, and knowing the difference is key to helping your gemstone rings look their best. Read on to discover our guide to caring for and cleaning your favorite gemstone pieces!

How to Care for Sapphires

While diamond is the hardest mineral with a 10 on the Mohs scale of relative hardness, corundum (the mineral family for sapphires and rubies) is one of the next hardest with a rating of 9. “Hardness” refers to a mineral’s ability to resist surface scratching and chipping. This toughness makes sapphires an ideal gemstone for everyday wear and jewelry pieces that will get a lot of use  like engagement rings. Caring for your sapphire gemstone pieces is also relatively simple. Follow the below at-home cleaning method to ensure your sapphire stays sparkling.

  1. Prepare a cleaning solution by mixing soap (we recommend basic dish soap) and warm water. Do not use detergents that contain chlorine or other harsh chemicals.
  2. Soak the jewelry in the solution for 20-30 minutes to allow for a deep cleaning. Use a soft bristled brush (a baby toothbrush works great!) or a lint-free cloth to remove pesky dirt.
  3. Rinse off soap with water and dry with a soft, clean, lint-free towel.
  4. This process should only be used with sapphires set in gold or platinum as many detergents can react poorly with silver.
  5. You can also use a gentle jewelry cleaner to further clean your piece.

How to Care for Moissanites

Moissanites are loved for their unique sparkle, fiery brilliance, and uncompromised durability. Moissanites rank among the toughest of gemstones at 9.25 on the Mohs scale of hardness (just under diamonds). These dazzling gems make an excellent choice for an engagement ring center stone as they are durable and require little maintenance to keep their sparkle. Moissanites hold up well throughout time and are ideal for those with active lifestyles that might be hard on their hands. While chipping your moissanite is unlikely, we recommend removing your moissanite ring before any activity that could result in a hard strike to your ring. An effective at-home cleaning routine for moissanites consists of:

  1. Prepare a cleaning solution by mixing soap (we recommend basic dish soap) and warm water. Do not use detergents that contain chlorine or other harsh chemicals.
  2. Soak the jewelry in the solution for 20-30 minutes to allow for a deep cleaning.
  3. An ultrasound cleaning brush is the most effective method to restore a moissanite’s brilliance, but a soft-bristled toothbrush will also help remove any pesky dirt.
  4. Rinse off soap with water and dry with a soft, clean, lint-free towel.
  5. This process should only be used with moissanites set in gold or platinum as many detergents can react poorly with silver.
  6. You can also use a gentle jewelry cleaner to further clean your piece.

How to Care for Emeralds

Unlike diamonds, an emerald’s clarity can be graded with the naked eye. Emerald gemstones belong to the beryl family and contain internal fractures called inclusions. These inclusions can create an appealing pattern that can raise an emerald’s value. However, these inclusions contribute to emeralds gemstones being ranked an 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness – meaning that they are more prone to damage and require more careful handling. That’s not to say that you can’t have a gorgeous green, emerald engagement ring, just that you should handle it with more care. When caring for emerald jewelry, we recommend avoiding wearing your emerald ring next to other rings or during activities where you might be gripping hard objects, bumping the ring against other objects, or putting pressure on your hands. These activities might include weightlifting, rock climbing, cooking, biking, and yoga. Do not clean the ring in ultrasonic cleaners, steam cleaners, or acetone and avoid strong soaps, jewelry cleaner, or household cleaners.

To clean your emerald, use room temperature running water, mild hand soap, and a soft cloth. Finish by drying the ring with a soft cotton cloth. Store your ring in a cloth bag or a softly lined jewelry box to avoid surface scratching.

How to Care for Aquamarines

Beloved for their beautiful pure ocean blue color, these alluring gems are a gorgeous choice for fine jewelry. Like emeralds, aquamarines are a member of the beryl family and require some extra care and consideration, but they are well worth the extra effort. Aquamarines are rated at an 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness, making them more susceptible to surface scratches. We recommend removing your aquamarine ring when doing physical activity that may cause abrasions to the surface of your ring such as: gardening, housekeeping, and exercise. Because aquamarines are light blue in color, the gemstone may get cloudy or dull with exposure to impurities like dirt, makeup, ammonia, and household cleaner. The following simple at-home cleaning routine will restore your gemstone to the ocean’s purest shade of blue:

  1. Prepare a cleaning solution by mixing soap (we recommend basic dish soap) and warm water. Do not use detergents that contain chlorine or other harsh chemicals.
  2. Soak the jewelry in the solution for 20-30 minutes to allow for a deep cleaning. Use a soft, lint-free cloth to remove pesky dirt.
  3. Rinse off soap with water and dry with a soft, clean, lint-free towel.
  4. This process should only be used with aquamarines set in gold or platinum as many detergents can react poorly with silver.
  5. Store your ring in a cloth bag or a softly lined jewelry box to avoid surface scratching.

How to Care for Morganites

Sought after for their exceptional clarity and captivating blush tones, these gems make a stunning statement as an engagement ring center stone. Like aquamarines, morganites rank an 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness and require some extra care due to their softness and pale color. We recommend removing your morganite piece when doing physical activity that may result in surface scratching and any occasion where the ring may come in contact with chemicals such as household cleaning. Morganites are beloved for their light pink and peach hues, but their color may begin to fog over with exposure to pollutants such as dirt, cleaner, lotions, and makeup. You can easily return your morganite back to its original brilliance using this at-home care routine:

  1. Prepare a cleaning solution by mixing soap (we recommend basic dish soap) and warm water. Do not use detergents that contain chlorine or other harsh chemicals.
  2. Soak the jewelry in the solution for 20-30 minutes to allow for a deep cleaning. Use a soft, lint-free cloth to remove pesky dirt.
  3. Rinse off soap with water and dry with a soft, clean, lint-free towel.
  4. This process should only be used with morganites set in gold or platinum as many detergents can react poorly with silver.
  5. Store your ring in a cloth bag or a softly lined jewelry box to avoid surface scratching.

Final Thoughts

Interested in learning more or booking a gemstone jewelry cleaning with a specialist? We recommend making an appointment at one of our showrooms to get a personalized consultation!

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