The Care and Cleaning of Ruby Jewelry

Uncut Rubies
Uncut Rubies at the Gemfields Sorting House. Photo by Russell Shor-GIA.

Ruby is the beloved birthstone for July, and the recommended gemstone gift for 15th and 40th anniversaries. For thousands of years, rubies have been a treasured by gem collectors — including royalty — because of their unique properties and vibrant red color. According to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), “…early cultures treasured rubies for their similarity to the redness of the blood that flowed through their veins, and believed that rubies held the power of life.”

Rubies can command the highest per-carat price of any colored gemstone, so it stands to reason that special care should be taken to protect one’s investment. Let’s explore the best ways to protect and clean your precious ruby jewelry.

Kismet by Milka’s 14K Rose Gold Single Earring with Gemfields Rubies
Kismet by Milka’s 14K Rose Gold Single Earring with Gemfields Rubies ($2,020).
Photo Courtesy of nationaljeweler.com

The Hard Facts

The ruby is a very strong stone and is rivaled only by the diamond on the Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness. Although rubies easily stand up to the rigors of everyday wear, they can chip and crack if they are subjected to blunt impact. It’s a good idea remove your ruby jewelry before working out, doing household chores, or performing any other physical tasks.

Diamond and Ruby Earclips by Oscar Heyman and Brothers
Diamond and Ruby Earclips by Oscar Heyman and Brothers. Property From the Collection of Marjorie S. Fisher, Palm Beach. Estimated at $2,500 to $3,500 at Sotheby’s July 14, 2017 Auction. Photo courtesy of sothebys.com.

Avoid Needless Buildup

Jewelers will tell you it’s a good rule of thumb always to apply lotions, sunscreens, makeup, perfume and hairspray before you put on your jewelry. By incorporating this “jewelry last” habit into your daily beauty routine you will minimize needless buildup of chemicals and ingredients which can dull and cloud your gemstone’s appearance.

Nikos Koulis' 18K White Gold Pendant with white diamonds, black enamel and ruby.
Nikos Koulis’ 18K White Gold Pendant with White Diamonds, Black Enamel and a Gemfields Ruby ($8,535). Photo Courtesy of nationaljeweler.com.

For Best Results

To keep your ruby jewelry looking its best, we recommend cleaning your favorite pieces frequently with Connoisseurs Dazzle Drops Advanced Jewelry Cleaner — the non-toxic jewelry cleaner that makes fresh solution every time for more dazzling jewelry. Use the specially designed brush included in the package to get underneath the stones and prongs where buildup occurs and interferes with the jewelry’s sparkle. Following these steps will ensure your ruby jewelry stays brilliant for years to come.

Ruby Necklace by Tony Duquette From the Collection of Marjorie S. Fisher
Ruby Necklace by Tony Duquette From the Collection of Marjorie S. Fisher, Palm Beach. Estimated at $2,000 to $3,000 at Sotheby’s New York Auction of July 14, 2017.
Photo Courtesy of sothebys.com.

More Beauty Treatments for Rubies

As an alternative to Dazzle Drops, Connoisseurs Precious Jewelry CleanerConnoisseurs Diamond Dazzle Stik and Connoisseurs Sonic Dazzle Stik are all designed and formulated to be safe on precious gems. Consider keeping a Diamond Dazzle Stik or a package of Connoisseurs Jewelry Wipes in your purse or tote bag for quick touchups on the go.

Want to learn more about rubies and ruby jewelry? Click here for a selection of past posts from Obsessed By Jewelry.

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3 Comments

  1. Deanna Takahashi

    My Birthday is tomorrow. I will take a ruby bracelet please, in gold. Preferably very understated and low profile. Just a small ruby in an unusual cut or some smaller ones in an interesting design. The bracelet is more important, it has to talk to me. Good luck on finding the right one, but hey, we are all OBJ, so I know you can figure it out. LOL!
    I hope you had a wonderful 4th!!!

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