Your diamond engagement ring is one of the most precious pieces of jewelry you’ll ever own. Fitting, seeing as it commemorates the happiest moment of your life!
Of course, your ring’s beauty won’t stick around forever if not taken care of, and that means a good cleaning is in order every once in a while if you want it to keep its sheen.
This doesn’t have to mean a regular trip to the jeweler, though.
There are safe and effective ways on how to clean diamond rings at home, and all you need is a little bit of patience.
Keeping Your Ring’s Luster
Before we talk about the first steps to cleaning your diamond ring, let’s talk about the “zeroth” step—avoiding the dirt and damage in the first place.
One major source of dulling for your stone is the oil from your own hands. Reduce contact with your diamond ring as much as possible to prevent a buildup of greasy sebum that’ll extinguish its light.
Another source of grime would come from the application of lotion and creams, which end up staining the stone. Make sure to take off your ring before you put anything on your hands!
Depending on their material, your band and setting may also be damaged by contact with various chemicals, such as household cleaning chemicals and baking soda. In general, it’s advisable to take off your ring before you handle anything similar.
Cleaning Your Ring
Each method of cleaning diamond engagement rings is appropriate for different materials.
Cleaning With Soap And Water
The simplest and pretty much most foolproof way of going about your cleaning, all you need for this method is a bowl of very warm water and a little dishwashing liquid, shampoo, or body wash. Create a mixture in the bowl and immerse your ring in the bath for 20 to 40 minutes, however long it takes to get the grime off.
After the soap bath, take a toothbrush with very soft bristles and gently scrub your stone and setting to remove any traces of debris that remain. Don’t use a toothbrush with stiff bristles, or else you risk scratching the band and setting.
Make sure that whatever soap you use in the cleaning solution, never pick anything with moisturizer, as this may build up on the ring and force you to start from square one!
Once all the soaking and brushing is done, rinse the ring in another batch of fresh warm water, and dry it with a microfiber cloth. Never use paper towels or anything that leaves lint, as these might leave debris in your ring.
Cleaning With A Jewelry Cleaning Solution
There are many different jewelry cleaning solutions on the market, and not everything will be appropriate for your ring. Make sure you read up on a prospective solutions and follow the instructions.
Prepare the liquid solution in a dish that’s just deep enough to fully immerse your ring. Then, place the ring within the solution and let it sit for exactly the length of time that the solution’s instructions recommend. Don’t let it sit too long, or you risk damaging your band and stone.
Once it’s done, let it dry by itself on a microfiber cloth.
You may have heard about other chemicals that can be used for cleaning jewelry. A 50% solution of ammonia and water is often recommended.
Keep in mind that this is only viable for engagement rings that exclusively contain diamonds! Ammonia will damage any other kind of gemstone on your ring.
In addition, avoid chlorine or acetone cleaning solutions, as they can degrade gold engagement rings and other rings with precious metals.
Cleaning With An Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner
Ultrasonic jewelry cleaning tools are a very quick and effective way to get dirt out of every nook and cranny. Using them is deceptively simple, as well: Simply load a solution of soap and water in the cleaner, then place your ring inside. Turn the machine on, and shut it off after 1-2 minutes. Easy as pie!
However, ultrasonic jewelry cleaners come with their own danger—the same vibrations that they use to literally shake the dirt out of your diamond engagement ring can actually loosen the stones from your setting.
They can also damage stones that have been treated, so make sure you know if your stone has had a fracture filling before you use an ultrasonic cleaner.
Make It A Habit
Now that you know how to clean your ring, you may be asking:
How often should I clean my ring?
The answer, in general, is about once or twice a week. That’s just enough to maintain the luster and specular that your diamond engagement ring is designed to flaunt. Of course, about once a year, you should also take it to a jeweler and have a real deep cleaning done professionally.
Keep these ring cleaning habits, and your engagement ring will remain as lovely as the day you first laid eyes on it.