unjonharley wrote:The OP also asked about dust on/in.. Denture tablets in warm water do a good job of cleaning fancy rings and chains..
DO NOT DO THIS!
Many denture tablets contain chemicals (like borax or a bleach solution) that can damage stones and weaken the metal! It's a really good way to damage something, especially cheaper jewelry (but it can even screw up 14k & 18k gold over time, since the chemicals can react with the other metals)
You can buy good jewelry/ metal cleaning solutions at any hardware store. If your ring has a stone in it, google that stone and the word "cleaning", some are very delicate or porous and you can really fuck them up putting them even in a good jewelry cleaner (like turquoise, malachite, coral, opal...). I never soak any of my jewelry - I cut up an old pair of jeans and use "Simichrome
" polish with it. Put polish on a 2-3" piece of denim, spread it around, buff jewelry. Boom - cleaned quickly, safe for stones.