Of all the options in wedding rings, meteorite is undoubtedly one of the most exotic and exclusive. However, even though it is hard and durable, it is prone to rust due to the high concentration of iron. It means that regardless of the quality of the meteorite and the price you paid for it, you can expect it to rust over some time. Indeed, rusting of your meteorite ring is considered by many experts to be an indicator of its authenticity. The good thing is that it is relatively easy to remove the rust from your precious meteorite wedding ring and make it sparkling clean even at home with some simple techniques. You can, of course, have it cleaned professionally by your jewelers. Some tips on cleaning meteorite rings at home:
Keeping your meteorite ring protected from moisture is among the best ways of taking care of it. It means that you should take your ring off before doing the dishes, taking a shower, hitting the pool or the beach. Ideally, you should also take it off before using cosmetics, perfumes, and deodorants because the chemicals in them can damage your ring. Another thing you need to keep in mind is that even though meteorite is a tough material, it is crystalline and may contain microscopic fissures that can exacerbate if the rings are knocked about on hard surfaces, including other jewelry. Taking care to avoid knocks while wearing it and storing it in separate felt or satin-lined boxes or compartments of a jewelry box is recommended.
Your meteorite ring can start looking unsightly not only because of the grime accumulating with use but also the formation of rust like these meteorite mensrings. However, you can restore your ring to its pristine condition by following a simple cleaning procedure at home. You will need a soft-bristle toothbrush, soft cloth or paper towels, rubbing alcohol, and gunmetal oil besides a small bowl and some cotton swabs.
If your ring is only meteorite, you can pour the rubbing alcohol into the bowl and submerge it to let it soak for half an hour. Thereafter, scrub it gently with the toothbrush to dislodge the grime and the layer of rust. Dry the ring with the help of the cloth or paper towel and leave it out for another half an hour to air-dry completely. If your ring contains other organic items like wood, antelope antler, dinosaur bone, etc., you should not dip it in alcohol. Instead, you should use waterproof tape to cover them and use a cotton swab dipped in alcohol to clean the meteorite part. According to Chemistry Cachet, rubbing alcohol is volatile and does not leave any residue.
To inhibit rust formation and make the meteorite gleam, you should apply gunmetal oil to the surface with the help of a toothbrush and scrub it gently. The oil helps it to repel moisture, keeping it safe and beautiful. Make sure that you wipe off the excess oil with a clean paper towel.