The alcohol in the sanitizer can dry out the gems and lead to surface damage or cracking. Hand sanitizer is also not safe on porous stones like opals or turquoise.The safest way to clean your rings at home is with warm water and a mild dish soap. Then brush your rings with a soft bristled toothbrush. Make sure to get behind your stones in the mountings where dirt and grime can accumulate.
How many times can you wash your hands, while singing Happy Birthday in a single day, How much hand sanitizer can you squirt in 24 hours, These are questions you never thought you would have to ask, but these are strange times, and getting stranger by the minute. If you are still out and about not even going to a restaurant or a bar, but simply sitting six feet away from your best friend in the park you might be wearing your rings. Perhaps because you always wear them, or simply that it cheers you up to look down and see them on your fingers, twinkly steadfast companions at a time when sadness and fear threaten to envelop us.
But rings and hand soap rings and alcohol heavy sanitizer even more so are unhappy bedfellows. Serious cleansers can cause precious stones to become dingy and cloudy. I have my own routine for dealing with this situation: I put my beloved children in a cup of warm water and a blast of Windex, and content myself by watching little dirty specks float to the surface.
Water can get into rings with closed-back mountings and affect the appearance of the stones. Also, locket rings or any ring that has a photo of some other decoration under glass should not be washed with water.