How to Take Care of an Opal Engagement Ring•
Posted on October 25 2019
If a Diamond engagement ring isn’t for you, you might be considering a gemstone ring. Opals are the sixth most popular gemstone for engagement rings and rightly so. These gorgeous gemstones can flash with every color of the rainbow and are a unique and eye-catching engagement ring choice.
However, an engagement ring is a piece of jewelry that most people plan to wear regularly for the rest of their lives. As with any gemstone, it is important to know how to maintain and care for an opal engagement ring to ensure that it remains sparkling for a long time. Opals, when cared for correctly, can last a lifetime and beyond.
Cleaning an Opal Engagement Ring
The type of Opal you have will determine the best way to clean it. Consider whether your Opal is a solid stone, an Opal Doublet or a triplet. Bear in mind that most times water cannot harm an Opal, unless it is a doublet or triplet.
1. Cleaning a Solid Opal
The best way to clean the dirt and grime off your solid opal ring is to use warm soapy water and a soft cloth. This gets rid of the pollutants that could be clinging to your jewelry. Simply pour some mild liquid soap in with warm water and make a sudsy solution. Immerse your Opal ring in the soap water for a few seconds and, using a soft cloth or soft bristled toothbrush, gently work at the crevices and grooves (if any) of the ring setting. Once complete, wipe the ring thoroughly with a lint-free cloth.
2. Doublets or Triplets
It’s best not to soak doublet or triplet Opals in water because the glue that holds the parts together can be affected and the Opal pieces can separate or lift. Use a soft cloth with some mild cleaning solution on it to wipe the opal engagement ring. This will get rid of any body oils and dirt without compromising the integrity of the stone.
Storing Your Opal Engagement Ring
If you need to store your Opal ring away, always make sure that it is placed in a separate pouch or box and doesn’t come in contact with other gemstones and metals that could scratch it. Because Opals don’t handle temperature changes very well, it’s a best to keep the ring in a neutral environment that isn’t subject to sudden temperature changes. To keep the natural moisture in your Opal from drying out, you can place some cotton balls soaked in water in with the Opal. This provides a humid environment for the Opal. Also, long storage periods may not agree with your Opal engagement ring, so ensure that it isn’t kept away for too long.
Opals and Ultrasonic Cleaners
Ultrasonic cleaners are a great way to quickly and efficiently clean your jewelry but they should not be used for Opals (or almost all gemstones for that matter). This puts your Opal at risk and can cause it to fracture or craze. If you have a doublet or triplet, the ultrasonic cleaner can damage its layers and cause lifting. In general it is best to avoid ultrasonic cleaners altogether when it comes to gemstone jewelry.
Opals and Chemicals
Always keep your Opal ring away from harsh chemicals such as bleach, chlorine and household detergents. It’s best to take off your ring when engaging in activities which require you to work with chemicals such as swimming in pools that are heavily chlorinated or when washing the dishes. This will keep your Opal safe from unnecessary damage. Avoid cosmetics, perfumes, body lotions or hairspray coming into contact with your Opal ring. If it does, wipe it clean of any residue.
Opals and Rough Exposure
If you are an active person and use your hands a lot in your line of work, always make sure that your Opal is safe from rough exposure. When engaging in outdoor activities, such as gardening or sports, it’s best to take your Opal ring off. This way it won’t be exposed to hard knocks or impact which could chip the stone. Another great solution is to wear your ring around your neck on a chain to keep it protected. This is a great way to keep it close while still keeping it safe. When choosing your Opal engagement ring setting , opt for one that provides protection for your stone, such as a bezel or halo setting. Also ensure that the Opal is not held up high in the air (as in prong or cathedral settings) as this exposes it to bumps and knocks. Note: These tips are relevant to most softer gemstones and they apply to caring for most Opal Jewelry.
Polishing Your Opal
Over time your beautiful Opal can accumulate scratches and may become dull and lackluster. Scratches can also affect the play of colors of your Opal reducing its vibrancy. To restore it to its original sparkle, you can have the Opal professionally polished. The polish will restore the Opal’s smoothness and bring back its luster.
Opals may be a softer gemstone, but when taken care of properly, they can last a lifetime without any issues. Cleaning your Opal ring every month or two will keep the Opal clean and sparkling. With a professional inspection and polish every couple of years, your Opal engagement ring will remain as beautiful as when you first wore it. It is well worth the effort, as this is a gemstone that is unique and eye-catching.