How to Polish Ruby Stones

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Maintain the luster of your rubies by following a simple cleaning process.
Maintain the luster of your rubies by following a simple cleaning process. (Image: ruby romance image by Jake Hellbach from Fotolia.com)

The ruby is a gemstone derived from the mineral corundum, and has been worn since medieval times. Prized for its fiery red color, the ruby is believed to be a harbinger of love, health, wealth and wisdom to the wearer. The ruby is a tough and durable stone, and can be kept lustrous by following a simple cleaning process that retains its polish.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl
  • Warm soapy water or non-toxic jewelry cleaner
  • Soft bristle toothbrush
  • Microfiber cloth

Place the ruby in a bowl containing warm soapy water or non-toxic jewelry cleaner and allow it soak for 10 minutes.

Remove the ruby from the water and gently scrub it with a soft bristle toothbrush to dislodge any dirt that may have settled in.

Rinse the ruby in warm water to wash off the soap or the non-toxic jewelry cleaner.

Gently wipe and buff the ruby with a microfiber cloth.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner if you have several pieces of ruby jewelry to clean.
  • Refrain from vigorously scrubbing your rubies while cleaning them, as it can chip and fracture.

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