By Kimbry Parker

With its luminescent sheen and unique colors, solid opals were once dubbed "The Queen of Gems." Each solid opal offers a distinct color pattern and a rainbow effect when hit by light at certain angles. It goes without saying that dirt and grime lessen the luster of the gem. Clean your solid opal ring with the right method to safely restore its natural beauty and shine.

Opal ring
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Opals are porous, so use as little water as possible when cleaning them.

Step 1

Wipe the opal with a soft facial tissue to remove surface dirt, dust and grime. Wrap the tissue around your finger and use your nail to gently wipe around the setting of the ring.

Step 2

Pour ½ cup of lukewarm water into a bowl. Add two to three drops of hand soap. Mix up the soap and water with a spoon.

Step 3

Dip a soft toothbrush into the soapy solution and gently scrub the opal. Be sure to scrub around the setting of the ring that holds the opal, where dirt can collect.

Step 4

Rinse any soap residue from the opal by wiping it gently with a soft, damp rag. Rinsing with water first is not necessary. Wipe over the opal with another soft, dry rag to remove any moisture.