How to clean a diamond engagement ring at home?

There is a lot of information out there on how to choose the perfect diamond engagement ring, but far less information on how to keep it clean. Once you have got your perfect ring, it can be easy to never want to take it off, however, daily wear of your diamond jewellery will cause it to collect dirt. 

If you are someone who uses perfumes and moisturisers, or if you wear your ring while cooking or in the shower, it is likely these things will cause your ring to lose some of its shine. Not cleaning your ring regularly can also lead to bacteria build up. While it is advised to get your diamond jewellery cleaned by professionals, here are some at-home cleaning tips to keep your ring shimmering in the meantime. 

Disclaimer: These are just tips on how to clean your diamond ring. We take no responsibility for any damage to your jewellery. If your jewellery is slightly damaged we always suggest taking it to a professional.

Step 1: Inspecting your ring

If you have worn your ring a lot, there is a chance that the claws may have become slightly loose. If the diamond(s) are moving slightly in their setting, don’t proceed with the at-home cleaning. Instead, take your ring to a professional jeweller. They will be able to fix any issues and clean the ring for you. 

Step 2: Soak in washing up liquid

Fill a bowl or suitable container with warm water, add washing up liquid and leave the ring to soak in the solution for 30 minutes. If the ring is particularly dirty, you can soak for longer, perhaps even overnight. The longer the ring is soaked, the more dirt will be loosened and the easier it will be to clean. 

Step 3: Gently brush the ring with a soft toothbrush

Typically a child’s toothbrush is best for this task as they do not have any rubber bristles. You want to brush the stone very gently until you are satisfied that the dirt is gone. 

Step 4: Rinse the ring

Once you’re happy the diamond ring is clean, rinse it under warm running water. It’s not a bad idea to put the plug in when doing this so as to ensure you don’t drop the ring and lose it! 

Feel free to rinse the ring for as long as you feel you need to get all the washing up liquid off of it.

Step 5: Dry the ring

It can be easy to forget you need to take just as much care drying your diamond as cleaning it. 

You want to avoid using materials such as tissues or towels to dry your ring as these slightly rougher materials can scratch the surface of the diamond, damaging it. Instead, opt for a soft cotton cloth or simply let it air dry on a towel or cloth.

How often should you be cleaning your diamond ring? 

This depends on how much you wear your ring. If you are someone who wears their engagement ring everyday, as most do, then it is advised to clean your ring once a week. While at-home cleaning is not a replacement for professional cleaning, it does make frequent cleaning of your ring far easier. 

Getting your ring professionally cleaned once a month is advised to maintain its pristine state. Professional cleaning will allow a deep cleanse of your ring that an at-home remedy cannot do. Professionals can also check for any imperfections in the ring and ensure they are fixed. If you wish to get your ring professionally examined and cleaned, you can speak to one of our lovely staff members. To get in contact, click here

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