How to Clean a Gemstone Ring

Your gemstone rings, including those made from diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, garnets or rubies set in gold, silver, platinum or other precious metals, can be cleaned at home when you can't take them to a jeweler for an ultrasonic cleaning.
Be careful with rings made from soft gemstones such as pearls. Do not wear your gemstone rings during household cleaning chores because chemicals such as ammonia and bleach can damage the stones.

Step 1

Pump a couple of squirts of liquid hand soap into a cup or bowl and fill with warm water to create a solution of warm soapy water.

Step 2

Place your gemstone rings in the warm soapy water solution and allow them to soak for a few minutes.

Step 3

Dip the discarded toothbrush into the soapy water solution. Remove one gemstone ring and brush it gently with the soapy toothbrush, taking care not to bend or damage delicate prongs and settings. Use a soft discarded cosmetic brush instead of a toothbrush to clean softer gemstones such as pearls or skip the brush step altogether.

Step 4

Plug the drain in your sink. Rinse the cleaned soapy ring in warm water. Dry the ring using a soft and clean lint-free cloth. Lay pearl rings to air-dry on the soft cloth.

Things You Will Need

  • Mild soap (such as liquid hand soap)
  • Cup or bowl
  • Clean discarded toothbrush or cosmetic brush
  • Clean lint-free cloth


  • Store sterling silver gemstone rings in an anti-tarnish bag or cloth to help prevent tarnish. Have your rings checked by a jeweler at least every year to ensure the prongs are in good shape so that you won't lose a stone.


  • Avoid using harsh detergents to clean your gemstone rings because detergents can discolor or damage your stones or metals. Take off your rings before swimming in a chlorinated swimming pool.