How to Clean a Sterling Silver Ring with Aquamarine Stone

Susan asked: How do I clean a ring that has an aquamarine stone? It is set in sterling silver. How do I keep the stone bright and sparkling?

Silver jewelry cleaner can be harsh on stones and settings. It’s also expensive. Fortunately, there’s a simple home solution that will polish your silver and gemstones to a remarkable shine, and it’s gentle enough for everyday cleaning. For brilliant jewelry, just follow these steps.

You Will Need:

  • Old toothbrush
  • Water
  • Baking soda toothpaste (see tips below)
  • Soft cloth

Steps to Clean the Ring:

  1. If you have an open drain, cover it with a strainer or plug the sink completely. Many rings have been lost in the plumbing while cleaning them.
  2. Wet the ring with clean water.
  3. Apply baking soda toothpaste to the brush.
  4. Carefully brush the ring, in particular around the crevices near the setting.
  5. Rinse both the toothbrush and the ring with clean water.
  6. Without reapplying toothpaste, brush the ring again.
  7. Rinse well.
  8. Dry with a soft cloth.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Choose a paste toothpaste (not gel). Avoid whiteners (other than baking soda), tartar control, or other chemicals, as they could damage the silver.
  • Use an old toothbrush or one with soft bristles to avoid scratching the ring. For soft silver, clean with the soft cloth instead of the toothbrush.

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