Before we explore the best way to clean a ruby, let’s learn a little about this fascinating gemstone. Ruby is the birthstone for July, and the gem for 15th and 40th anniversaries. For centuries, rubies have been a treasured by gem collectors – including royalty — because of their unique properties and vibrant red color. Rubies can command the highest per-carat price of any colored gemstone.
According to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA): “Red is the color of our most intense emotions—love and anger, passion and fury. It’s associated with objects of power and desire—like fast cars and red roses. 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.”
Second Only to Diamonds
The ruby is a very strong stone and is rivaled only by the diamond on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. Although this durable stone easily stands up to the rigors of everyday wear, a ruby, like any other gemstone, can chip and crack due to a blunt impact.
It’s a good idea to remove your ruby jewelry before doing any household chores or other tasks. It’s also wise to remove your rubies before applying lotions, hair products or perfumes to ensure less buildup on the ruby’s surface, which can dull and cloud the stone’s appearance.
How to Clean a Ruby
To keep your ruby looking its best, clean it frequently with Connoisseurs Dazzle Drops Advanced Jewelry Cleaner — the non-toxic jewelry cleaner that makes fresh solution every time. Use the specially designed brush included in the package to get underneath the stone and prongs where buildup occurs and interferes with the stone’s sparkle. Following these steps will ensure your ruby stays brilliant for years to come.
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