Cleaning an engagement ring is one of those things nobody just “knows” how to do. It’s something you need to learn. And today, I’m here to teach you.
Why is cleaning your ring so important? If you haven’t cleaned your ring in a while, then you might look down and think, “That looks pretty much the same as when I got it”.
However, cleaning your ring has an enormous impact on its appearance – even if you think your ring is pretty clean. Want to make your engagement ring super sparkly? Keep reading.
Editor’s Note: Before you buy, find an online jeweler you trust—preferably one that specialized in engagement rings, like James Allen.
How to Clean a Diamond Ring
Get a bowl and mix 1/4 cup ammonia with 1 cup of warm water. Drop your diamond ring into that solution for 20 minutes. The solution will dislodge the grime, making it easier to clean.
Use a pair of gloves (remember, ammonia is potent) to remove your ring from the solution. Then, grab another bowl and fill it with warm water and dishwashing liquid (dish soap). You don’t need to worry about measurements – as long as there are bubbles, you have a good ratio. Next, swish the ring around in the water.
Now, take an old toothbrush (make sure it’s soft bristled, or else you can cause serious damage. Carefully scrub the stone and all sides of your ring – including the top and underneath. Get into the setting, as dirt tends to get locked in there over time.
Finally, rinse your ring in a bowl of warm water (don’t add anything to the water). Swirl it around to remove all cleaning residue, then remove the ring and let it dry on a clean piece of tissue or paper towel.
Alternative Cleaning Methods
Don’t have ammonia? Want to try something different? Here are some alternative ways to clean your engagement ring and other diamond rings:
Baking Soda and Water: Get a bowl, and mix one part baking soda with one part water. Grab a soft-bristled toothbrush and use it to scrub away dirt and grime in the ring. Get at your ring from all sides, and pay close attention to the setting. Be careful not to aggressively attack the metal, as you could scratch it. Rinse the ring in cold water, then dry using a lint-free cloth.
Pay a Jewelry Store to Clean It: Jewelry stores offer competitively-priced cleaning services for rings and other pieces. Some do it for free, but most charge a fee between $5 and $20. Go to your local jewelry store and ask for a steam cleaning.
How to Keep your Ring Looking Clean
- Stop wearing your ring in the shower
- Take off your ring before you apply skin creams, lotions, sunscreen, and similar products
- Visit a jeweler annually to check for loose diamonds or settings; ask for a steam cleaning while you’re there
- Recognize that your ring is not indestructible, and avoid wearing it when exercising, playing sports, doing manual labor, cleaning, etc.
Above all, be careful when handling your diamond ring in the kitchen. Close all sink drains, or keep your ring far away from any high-risk areas. When you’re mixing water, slippery cleaning fluids, and rings, it’s easy for accidents to happen.