How To Clean Your Diamond Engagement Ring: A Guide
Caring for your diamond jewellery is an important part of helping them keep their shine, sparkle and value. It’s important you clean them often to remove oils, lotions and everyday dirt which can cloud it - but, you don’t necessarily need a professional to get your diamond rings in tip-top shape.
Cleaning Your Rings At Home
In fact, there’s a simple, easy method using everyday household items, so you don’t have to spend a fortune on getting a professional jeweller to clean them for you. Using a small amount of a mild dishwashing liquid, soak the ring in warm water (nearly hot) before scrubbing the ring gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
You don’t have to use dishwasher liquid necessarily, but it’s a must to avoid any products that are ‘moisturising’. Shampoo or body wash is a fine alternative, as long as they don’t moisturise. This can actually cause more harm than good, as it can leave behind oils on your jewellery - which is why you’re cleaning them in the first place!
When it comes to drying your ring, paper towels can actually scratch the metal (strange, we know!) so it’s best to either let your ring air dry or use a soft cotton cloth.
How Often Should I Clean My Rings?
Generally, to keep your rings looking their best, you should realistically try and clean it at least once a week. That way, you can keep everyday dirt and oils at bay, which if left to build-up can cause lasting damage to the clarity of the metals. In terms of a professional clean for your more prized possessions, such as an engagement ring or other more sentimental ring, it’s a good idea to get them professionally cleaned at least once or twice a year.
How NOT to Clean Your Jewellery
It might go without saying, but it’s important never to use harsh chemicals such as chlorine, bleach or acetone on your jewellery. These chemicals can break down the base metals in the ring, causing lasting damage that will often lead to needing to replace your ring altogether.
Professional Ring Cleaning
If you are looking to get your ring, diamond or otherwise, professionally cleaned, it’s usually the best idea to go back to the jeweller you bought the ring from initially. They’ll generally know more about your ring, and will be able to apply the relevant cleaning methods with a more complete knowledge of the materials, age of the metals, and structure of your personal ring.
If you’re looking to give your rings a new lease of life, contact our friendly team. After all, at Diamond Boutique we offer a complimentary clean and polish within one year of your purchase.