How to Care for Cubic Zirconia Rings

Article Written By Nena | Category: Cubic Zirconia Ring Care

Just because you didn’t have to mortgage your house to buy them doesn’t mean they’re not precious! Cubic zirconia rings and other zirconia jewelry, like earrings, engagement rings, wedding rings and men’s rings often receive more use, and abuse, than their hardier diamond counterparts.

Remember: Cubic zirconia engagement rings or wedding rings are just as sentimentally valuable and irreplaceable as rings with genuine stones.

Caring for them is simple if you just remember a few things.

  • Try to avoid spraying your cubic zirconia rings with hairspray, perfume or anointing them with oils and body lotions. This will make them dull faster than precious stones. If you do get personal care products on your rings you will have to clean them periodically.

I clean my wedding rings with an old toothbrush (with soft bristles) and some liquid detergent. If you really want them to sparkle use a little toothpaste. Polish with the toothbrush and toothpaste and almost no water for about 10 minutes. This will not only clean the zirconia but will polish the silver, platinum, gold, titanium or any other metal into which your stones are set. Rinse the toothpaste with lots of water and polish with a soft cloth. I guarantee your rings, earrings and jewelry will sparkle.

  • Avoid bleach, ammonia and chlorinated swimming pools. Bleach tarnishes metal, especially silver rings, turning it instantly black. If you do get bleach on your rings, use the above toothpaste jewelry cleaning method and lots of elbow grease and they will shine again. I thought I had forever ruined my wedding ring when it turned totally black in bleach, but it was restored to its original luster using this method.

If the stains on the cubic zirconia ring or earrings or jewelry are especially nasty, soak them in hot water with detergent overnight and scrub as above. High pressure steam cleaning can also help with the stubborn stains. Good quality cubic zirconia rings will not be damaged too quickly by cleaning, but the cheap “A” quality will.


The best quality cubic zirconia are AAAAA (5A) and are less likely to become dull and scratched. Al zirconia rings will eventually lose their brilliance, but the main concern with rings is the precious metal settings because the stones can be replaced.

The good thing about a cubic zirconia rings is that should you accidently lose a stone, or should it become scratched or dull or old looking, the replacement is easier and less expensive than a natural gemstone, in fact if it’s your engagement ring or wedding ring, you can replace the stones every few anniversaries and keep it looking like new.

  • You can take your cubic zirconia jewelry to a jeweler for repairs, or for cleaning, in the same way you would all your gemstones or precious metal rings.

How often should I clean my cubic zirconia rings?

Normally I clean my rings and silver jewelry once a month when I wear them daily. If I accidentally stick my hands in bleach or ammonia or forget to take my rings (or earrings) off when I swim in a chlorinated pool, I clean them immediately after. If you clean the cubic zirconia like any other ring and wear them daily they WILL get dull.

If you have invested in a good setting, gold, platinum, titanium or other such precious metal, replacing the cubic zirconia is better than trying to polish them or going around with a ring that looks fake.

1 Comment

  1. NIKELE says:

    Toothpaste did wonders. Looks brand new. My ring is cubic and silver. Thanks!