Clean your amethyst ring on a regular basis to protect it against build-up of dirt and grime. The cleaning process is simple and can be done with items found at your home. Dating back to biblical times, the amethyst gem is known for its rich shade of purple. Originally discovered and named “Amethystus,” which means “sober,” by the Greek people, the stone was thought to protect one’s body against drunkenness. In addition, the stone is often displayed in both Buddhist and Catholic religions; however, it is most notably known as the February birthstone.
Fill a bowl of warm water. Do not add any other additives to the water. This water will be used to rinse the detergent off of the ring.
Fill another bowl of warm water and add 1 tsp. mild liquid detergent. Mix the detergent with the water.
Dip the ring into the bowl of water and soap. Swish the ring around gently and then pull out of the water.
Brush the ring with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Apply light pressure as you work around the ring.
Dip the ring into the bowl of warm water to rinse. Repeat if necessary.
Wipe the ring dry with a clean, soft cloth. Rub in a circular motion until all the moisture from the cleaning is gone.
Soak silver rings for one hour in a solution of 75 percent water with 25 percent detergent if the silver is tarnished. Soak gold rings in the same solution mixture overnight if the gold is tarnished.
Do not wear an amethyst ring while swimming or exercising. Keep the ring out of the sun. Extreme temperatures will change the color of the stone. If your ring has more than one gem, then check the cleaning instructions for the other gem.
Tabitha Harwell has been writing since 2008, with articles appearing in local publications and various websites. Her background includes a career in the fashion and beauty industry. Harwell holds a Bachelor of Arts in public relations.