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.
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.
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.
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.
More Beauty Treatments for Rubies
As an alternative to Dazzle Drops, Connoisseurs Precious Jewelry Cleaner, Connoisseurs 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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