Jewelry is precious, and when it comes to gold, you want to make sure you clean it properly. You probably wear at least one ring on a daily basis, and you will see a buildup of oils and dirt all over the gold after a while. When your gold ring begins looking dull you can easily clean it yourself. When cleaning a gold ring, take care around any stones it is set with.
Determine the type of stone that is in your gold ring. Certain delicate gems, pearls for instance, should only be wiped with a damp cloth or very gently cleaned with no solvents or detergents.
Pour a tablespoon or two of dish washing liquid into the bowl, and then fill the bowl with warm water. By putting detergent in the bowl first and then running the warm water on high on top of the soap, it allows the two to combine more easily and not leave any soap on the bottom of the bowl. Use your hands to combine the mixture even more if necessary.
Place the gold ring in the mixture. Let it sit for 15 minutes so that the soap can slowly break away any dirt and oil buildup. The more grime that comes off by soaking the ring, the less work you will have scrubbing the ring.
Do not soak it for more than about 15 minutes since there is a risk that stones may become loose.
Take the ring out of the water and gently scrub it all over with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Focus mostly on the areas in between the stone settings to get rid of any dirt buildup remaining after the initial soak.
Place the ring in the strainer, and run a slow stream of warm water over it. The strainer allows all angles of the ring to get rinsed a final time without having to hold it.
Dry the ring gently inside of a soft cloth. This will prevent water spots and buffs the ring for added luster.
Be gentle and check your ring for any missing stones before pouring the liquid out of the bowl.
When rinsing over a sink, make sure drain guard is in place to prevent ring from accidentally falling into the drain.
Joshua Bailey resides in Pennsylvania and has been a professional writer since 2007. His writing focuses on topics in film, entertainment, music and religion. Bailey has been published on eHow and has written numerous articles for three universities. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in business and creative writing from Moravian College.