Post # 1
My mother gave me a pretty opal ring that was gifted to her on her graduation day. I have always loved this ring, it’s so dainty!
I have had the ring for almost a year now and every time I wear it I can’t help but notice how grimy it is. I want to clean it, but after a lot of research, I’ve found that it really isn’t recommended because opals can be very brittle.
Does anyone here have any tips on how to clean the ring? I’ve read using dishsoap and warm water with a soft bristle toothbrush should work, but it makes me nervous.
P.S. Here’s a picture, just so you can get an idea of how I’d need to go about cleaning it.
Post # 3
That’s a pretty ring! Opals are my favorite!
Just use a soft cloth (nothing that has chemicals in it, such as a silver cleaning cloth) and wipe it. You can use a very soft toothbrush and mild soap/lukewarm water. Hot and cold water can damage it. But don’t leave an opal sitting in a solution of any kind.
Post # 4
If the ring has that much sentimental value I would take it to a jewelers and have it cleaned, I think the last time I got my ring cleaned it was around $30 and took a few days. I LOVE opals as well & know they are one of the softest stones & easily fall out of prong settings (I think my mom has to have her opals replaced every few years). I would just hate for something to knock out that gorgeous opal & it go careening down the drain!
Post # 5
@GFerg: Thanks! I miiiight try the soft toothbrush and warm water trick, it’s the little crevases I want to get into! I don’t believe my mother every tried cleaning it when she had it either, so there is a LOT of grime/discoloration of the gold setting.
@BeckyS0: I was hoping I wouldn’t have to go the jeweler route, but it does makes me nervous just thinking about the stone falling out and down a drain! Yikes! That $30 looks more and more like well spent money after reading about how dangerous it can be if you clean an opal wrong. Haha
Post # 6
Well, I tried the toothbrush, warm water, and a little dish soap.
It looks much cleaner in person (the picture looks like the one up top still, but there really is improvement!), the darkness in this pic is from shadows. It still needs some work, but it looks nicer to me!