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by Jesús Zabala - 5 min read

How to Clean Skull Rings

If you purchase a high-quality skull ring, you will likely wear it all the time. But did you know that skull rings can tarnish over time? There’s no need to worry. We compiled a detailed guide on how to clean skull rings and maintain their long-lasting shine.

Skull rings can be made of various materials. Some may require higher maintenance than others. But without proper care and regular cleaning, a skull ring made of any material will lose its original quality and appearance.

Thus, it’s a good thing you visited our page. We provide advice on cleaning skull rings made of stainless steel, sterling silver, as well as gold. Keep reading to ensure the longevity and durability of your skull rings. Also, care for them, so the money you spend buying skull rings is worth it.

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How to Clean Skull Rings for Long-Lasting Shine

Perhaps that beautiful skull ring of yours started to look kind of dull, and you are unsure whether it can look as new ever again. Maybe the glossy sheen on your skull ring has vanished and doesn’t look as appealing as it used to. Luckily, there are some solutions to this problem.

High-quality jewelry pieces such as 925 sterling silver skull rings or ones made from gold require special attention. But that doesn’t mean you must use expensive cleaning solutions for this purpose. Instead, you can make homemade solvents and polish your skull rings.

Take a look at our suggestions and learn how to clean skull rings to ensure their long-lasting shine. Regardless of how expensive and high-quality a skull ring might be, it often needs a fresh and gentle repair to look as good as revived. 

Stainless steel

Alloy-made brass skull rings and stainless steel are very popular. Stainless steel is durable and shiny. But it still needs proper maintenance to help it retain its quality. Thus, place the stainless steel skull ring in warm water and cover a soft brush with mild soap.

Remove the ring from the water, gently rub it with the brush, and dry it with a towel. Ensure it's completely dry before you put it on your finger and wear it outside. After the initial cleaning is completed, submerge the stainless steel jewelry piece with a mix of water and vinegar solution.

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Sterling silver

Sterling silver skull rings can be easily cleaned at home. Simply mix warm water and salt, and soak the skull ring in the mixture. Leave it for a few minutes and let it dry completely, laying flat on a soft cloth or a towel.

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To clean gold skull rings make a mixture of warm water and a small amount of dish soap. Rub the gold skull ring with a soft brush and soak it in the water. Let it air dry overnight, or use a towel to bring back the shine of the gold radiance.

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Mixed metals

The best way to clean mixed metal skull rings is to use gentle DIY solvents. You only need a small amount of dish detergent and hot water. Soak a towel in the mixture and gently go over your ring. Don’t overly scrub the metal because you might damage its quality.

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Preventive Maintenance for Skull Rings

In addition to learning how to clean skull rings, you must think of ways to prevent them from tarnishing. If you take the time to provide proper storage and alcohol-free cleaning solutions for your skull rings, they will always look shiny and polished.

Avoid heat and moisture exposure

Even the most high-quality jewelry pieces can undergo discoloration and tarnishing. This usually occurs when they are exposed to heat and excess moisture. The metals tend to oxidize over time when they come in close contact with moisture and hot air.

To prevent your unique skull rings from staining your fingers, making them green or black, ensure you keep them in cool and dry places.

Don’t use alcohol-based solvents

Rubbing alcohol is often used to clean jewelry. But this method is not always the safest. Alcohol can damage your skull rings by drying them out and stripping their shine away. Thus, avoid using solvents with alcohol in them to protect the splendor of your skull rings.

Store them properly

The most important thing to remember when trying to retain your skull ring’s long-lasting shine is providing proper storage. Keep your skull rings in jewelry boxes with soft linings to prevent scratches and damage. 

Also, ensure the jewelry box is air-tight to protect the skull rings from oxidation. Keep the jewelry box in your drawer if you are unsure of the level of protection it provides.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use toothpaste to clean skull rings?

Many people believe that they can use toothpaste to clean high-quality skull rings. But that’s not necessarily true. If your skull ring is made of sterling silver or gold, toothpaste reacts as an abrasive solvent. If you are wearing a stone skull ring, strictly avoid applying toothpaste to it.

Should I wash fake skull rings?

If washed often, fake skull rings made of plastic or low-quality material might get deformed. But silver or gold-plated skull rings can provide a sheen as if made from real metals. Thus, a simple water and soap solution is suitable for cleaning them.

Is it okay to wear fake skull rings?

If you think a certain fake skull ring would look cool with your outfits, it’s completely fine to put it on. But ensure you don’t wear it very often. Fake skull rings are not durable, and most are prone to tarnishing.


You must know how to clean skull rings to ensure a long-lasting shine. Their unique appearance makes them worthy of the time and effort put into their maintenance. The best part about cleaning skull rings is that you can do it at home. But stay away from corroding solvents.

Remember to routinely clean and polish your skull rings to make them shine on your finger every time you wear them. Also, avoid exposing them to sunlight and humidity by storing them safely.

Jesús  is the founder and designer of JewelryLab. He is the Head of Design and also oversees production, quality control, and precious metal sourcing.