Among the family of durable gemstones used in jewelry, which include diamond, ruby, and sapphire, is moissanite. With a 9.5 Mohs scale score, it is very hard, resistant to scratch, and can handle rough exposure pretty well.
However, it needs proper maintenance to keep looking its best, and that is why you need to know how to to clean and care for your moissanite ring.
Many things can contribute to moissanite having a dull appearance. These could be soaps, sweat, cosmetics, grease, and oil. But these are nothing a good clean can’t fix. Thankfully, it is fairly easy to clean a moissanite ring, and with these common sense tips, your moissanite can continue to sparkle for a long, long time to come..
Cleaning Moissanite at Home
With moissanite ring cleaning at home, you want to keep things simple. And when we say simple, we mean a mild soap, warm water, and a soft toothbrush or soft cloth. To get on it, make a soapy solution with the mild soap and warm water and place the moissanite ring inside, then softly brush the stone with the toothbrush, ensuring that you get into the hardest-to-reach areas. Once the ring is totally cleaned, you can thoroughly get rid of any soapy residue and dry with a lint-free cloth, paper towel, or air dry
Commercial Jewelry Cleaners
However, if you are not so confident with soap and water and decide to go for something more professional, you can go for a commercial jewelry cleaner formulated exclusively for use on hard gemstones like diamonds and moissanite. To have your moissanite sparkling clean, use a non-toxic, non-abrasive cleaner and ensure you follow cleaning and care instructions.
Using Ammonia on Moissanite
While your first thought when ammonia is mentioned is some strong chemical, it is not really what you think it is. It is actually a safe, natural product that does a great job of cleaning moissanite jewelry. However, if you suspect you might be sensitive to ammonia, then goggles, a face mask, and gloves and ensure your work area is well ventilated.
It’s easy making this solution, so to get started, dilute 1 part ammonia in 1 or 2 parts water. Then drop your moissanite ring into the solution, then clean the pieces using a toothbrush. Once it is complete, you can then rinse with a soap solution or just rinse under clean running water.
Moissanite and Ultrasonic Cleaners
Moissanite is quite tough and can be used in ultrasonic cleaners, and this can be a great way to restore the sparkle of the stone if it has faded. The grime on your stone will fall from the intense vibrations. This is the method preferred by most jewelers for cleaning jewelry. However, note that ultrasonic cleaners aren’t good for fragile settings like a pave setting.
Does Moissanite Get Cloudy?
This is a common question many people buying moissanite ask. Thankfully, moissanite is not one of those gems that go cloudy. However, it can accumulate dirt and grime over time, which can make it appear filmy. Since moissanite will not get cloudy inside it, any form of filminess that appears is purely on the surface and be removed by cleaning.
What is the Moissanite Oil Slick?
The moissanite oil slick refers to the oily appearance on the stone’s surface that appears like rainbow stains as a result of build-up of the organic film. This stain is not permanent and can be removed just by cleaning.
The top moissanite retailers recommend using silver polish and toothbrush as the best way to clean this oil. Get a polishing cream and apply it to the surface of your moissanite, then brush with a toothbrush and rinse off. This will instantly get the oil slick off and get your moissanite sparkling again. If you want to clean your moissanite further, you can go ahead to do this.
You can also contact your moissanite jeweler regarding help with cleaning oil stains. They will help out with advice, recommendations, and materials to use on your moissanite and do a great job.
How Often Should I Clean Moissanite?
When it comes to cleaning moissanite, there are no rules. However, as a general rule of thumb, cleaning your gem once every month whenever you notice dirt or grime build-up on the stone or its setting.