The Engagement Ring Cleaning Guide that will keep your sparkler, sparkling

Shine Bright Like a Diamond!

engagement ring cleaning guide

We all want to know how to clean diamond rings because, really, there are few things more mesmerising 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 jeweller for a professional cleaning, can you give it a polish at home too?

Engagement Ring Cleaner Guide: How Often Should You Do It?

You can bring your ring to a jeweller for a deep clean (more on that later), about once a year or ahead of a special occasion. But for everyday build-up, it’s handy to know how to clean your engagement ring at home yourself. If you want to keep on top of product build-up, jewellers recommend doing a quick clean once or twice a month.

Soap and Water. The best way to clean a diamond ring, no matter what your ring’s setting and/or metal type, is plain soap and water. To make the solution, get a small bowl and add very warm water and basic dishwashing soap. Soak your ring for about 20 to 40 minutes depending on how dirty it is. If you need to remove a substance such as hairspray, lotion, makeup, or perfume, use a very soft toothbrush to remove any residue. Rinse the ring under warm running water and repeat if necessary. Using chlorine or other harsh chemicals, even some certified jewellery cleaners, can damage the engagement ring. It’s important to rinse your ring thoroughly after cleaning in order to remove any soap residue.

The guide above will work for any hard precious stones like diamonds, emeralds, rubies or sapphires. If you have a softer stone like a pearl or opal, talk to your jeweller about how to clean it safely.

There are lots of home cleaning solutions that are thrown around, like using Coke, baking soda, toothpaste, vinegar or even bleach to clean your ring. Many of these can actually scratch or damage the stone or metal, so don’t take risks when a simple bottle of Fairy Liquid can do the trick.

engagement ring cleaning guide

Most rings can withstand day-to-day activities like washing the dishes or going to the gym. But if you’re doing things like gardening or heavy cleaning, it’s a good idea to wear gloves or remove your ring. Likewise, for certain activities and sports, it’s safer if you remove your ring, not only for the ring itself but for your finger too!

If you take your ring off regularly or for long periods of time, store it in a dry, fabric lined box or soft pouch, and make sure it’s clean before you store it.

If your ring has any major knocks (or any stones feel wobbly), take it off immediately and store it in its box. Bring it to the jeweller to check that the stones are intact and secure in the setting.

Engagement Ring Cleaner Guide: How To Get It Professionally Cleaned

It’s a good idea to get your engagement ring cleaned by a jeweller about once a year. Their products will restore the lustre of your stones in no time. Plus they’ll check over the ring for any loose stones or damage. If you can, bring your ring back to the jeweller it was purchased from as they may have included a regular cleaning as part of the warranty or they can recommend someone local who they trust.

For a more thorough clean, you can also ask your jeweller to use an ultrasonic cleaning machine. This vigorous cleaning process really makes a ring sparkle. This is also one to leave to the experts (even if you have access to a machine). A jeweller will spot any stones loosened in the process.

There you have it! Keep your Engagement Ring looking as sparkly as the day it was placed on your finger with our cleaning guide!

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