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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Take your opal ring to a professional jeweler if it becomes scratched or begins to lose its luster. The jeweler can polish the opal to restore its shine.
Store your opal ring on a ring tree or in a jewelry box when not in use. If you live in a dry climate, store the ring in a sealed plastic bag with a damp piece of cotton fabric to prevent the stone from drying out.
Take off your opal ring when gardening, washing dishes, cleaning and doing any tasks or chores that may damage the stone. Even a small bump on a hard surface can cause it to chip.
Do not soak or immerse doublet or triplet opals, which are different from solid opals in that they are layered with other materials. Soaking them can cause the layers to come apart.
Never use any chemicals, cleaners, bleach or jewelry cleaners when cleaning an opal ring. Avoid cleaning opals in ultrasonic cleaners.