How to Clean Your Diamond Engagement Ring

We all want to know how to clean diamond rings because there’s nothing we love more than watching your engagement ring sparkle and dance in the light after it’s been freshly polished and cleaned. It’s only natural to want to maintain that bling! And while you can always take it into a jeweler for a professional cleaning, can you give it a polish at home too without damaging it…

How to clean your Diamond Ring yourself…

If your ring has been dirtied by cosmetics (such as hairspray, lotion, makeup, or perfume) — a simple at-home cleaning will bring back its sparkle! The best way to clean diamond rings is to make a solution with warm water (almost hot) and washing up liquid. Soak your ring for about 20 to 40 minutes, gently brush the stone with a very soft toothbrush, and then rinse under warm running water; Repeat if needed.

In addition to washing up liquid, you could also use shampoo or body wash. But, whatever you choose as your ring cleaner, just avoid anything that is moisturizing. When it comes to drying your ring, avoid paper towels; they can actually scratch the metal! Instead, use a soft cloth made of cotton or let it air dry.

How Often Should I Clean My Ring?

Try to clean it once a week, to keep it looking its best. That’s enough to keep everyday oil and buildup away. About twice a year, however, it’s good to take it to be cleaned at your jeweler—even more often if your ring has been exposed to a high level of debris. For example, if you’re very active outdoors or in the kitchen and there’s a hard compacted layer of oil or dirt, it’s best to get it cleaned at the jewelers using professional-grade products that will restore the stone to its former glory and safely.

What Not to Use

The only thing worse than a ring that has lost its luster is a ring that’s damaged due to improper care. Never use any household cleaners such as bleach, chlorine, and acetone. These harsh chemicals can break down some of the base metals in your ring. Also never use any kind of abrasive products such as toothpaste or baking soda, that could easily scratch metals, particularly gold.”