wikiHow to Clean Sapphires

Two Methods:Regular cleanDeeper clean

Sapphires are gems formed from a type of aluminum oxide known as corundum. They are extremely durable and hard-wearing. Cleaning sapphires is straightforward.

Method 1
Regular clean

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    Use a soft jewelry cleaning cloth, or similar soft cloth.
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    Fill a small bowl with warm water and a gentle detergent.
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    Dip the cloth into the water to moisten it. Wipe over the sapphires to clean.

Method 2
Deeper clean

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    If the sapphires need deeper cleaning, soak them in a bowl of warm, soapy water for up to 20 minutes.
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    Scrub gently using a soft toothbrush or make up brush to remove any residues.
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    Ensure that it is dried thoroughly before storage.


  • Sapphires need to be cleaned regularly to help them maintain their vibrant sparkle.
  • Sapphires come in many colours other than blue, including pink, green, white (clear), purple, orange and yellow.
  • Always store sapphires in a pouch as they can scratch other gems and pieces of jewellery due to their hardness.
  • If you wish to use an ultrasonic or steam cleaner on sapphires, this is usually fine. Just be sure that there are no weaker gemstones in a setting before using such equipment.
  • Sapphire is the birthstone for those born in September.


  • Don't expose sapphires to prolonged heat or strong light. This can discolor them.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft cloth
  • Gentle detergent
  • Bowl
  • Warm water

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