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How to Care For Ruby Jewelry

Dana Seng

Posted on August 06 2021

Perhaps you were recently gifted a ruby stackable ring, birthstone pendant, or other stunning accessory featuring the popular red gem. The July birthstone might be one of the hardest jewels on the planet with a 9 of 10 on the Mohs hardness scale, but can still break via forceful impacts. Use this guide to keep your ruby jewelry in outstanding condition. 

Store It Separately

Place ruby accessories in dedicated velvet or silk pouches, or a jewelry box with separate sections. Each ruby piece should have its own case, since rubbing against other accessories can cause scratches. Separate storage also prevents the hard gem from damaging any other jewels you own, such as stackable diamond rings. 

Take the Jewelry Off Before Performing Household Tasks

As much as you might want to wear your ruby accessories all the time, it is best to take them off before engaging in gardening, house cleaning, or cooking. You do not want the pieces to come in contact with harsh cleaning chemicals, abrasive dirt and dust, or heavy gardening tools. Place the jewelry in velvet pouches or other applicable storage so there’s no risk or damage or loss. 

Clean the Pieces Periodically

Clean your ruby accessories of sweat, body oil, lotion, dust, and other contaminants by soaking them in warm, soapy water for 15 to 20 minutes. Use a mild dish detergent for best results; soaking helps lift any attached particles. Next, use a soft, clean cloth to gently scrub away any tough dirt or grime, then dry the accessories with another soft cloth. If your ruby jewelry features a cavity filling or fracture, clean it with a damp cloth only since soapy water can infiltrate the stone and cause discoloration. 

Always Primp First

Apply makeup, lotion, perfume, hairspray, and any other beauty products before putting on your ruby jewelry. Doing so helps keep the pieces clean and sparkling instead of dull and spotty. Do not use hairspray or another other “misting” product in the presence of your jewelry since residue can land on the jewels--always ensure the gems are in their storage containers before you start. 

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