How To Clean A Diamond Ring Properly —​ For A Perfect Shine

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How To Properly Clean A Diamond Ring
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All that glitters can be more than gold!

Shining, shimmering, splendid! You've found yourself a life partner, and acquired a beautiful diamond ring (or other precious stone). While memories of your special proposal will never be forgotten and cherished forever, your ring may not stay as bright and sparkling as the day you received it. 

Luckily, there's a way to fix that! With the help of jewelry expert, Amber Smetana of Rogers & Hollands Jewelers, we're going to discuss how to clean a diamond ring properly to make it as beautiful as the first day you got it. (Along with these steps, make sure to check out Rogers & Hollands basic jewelry cleaning guide.)

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How often should you clean a diamond ring? 

Says Smetana, "We recommend cleaning your diamond engagement ring, or other frequently worn diamond jewelry, at home one to two times per month."

When it comes to professional cleaning, it's recommended that you take your ring into the shop twice a year. According to Smetana, "There are a few reasons why it’s important to have these precious items cleaned regularly, but the most obvious one is because it’s gorgeous when it sparkles."

However, vanities and beauty aside (we do love the way clean diamonds sparkle when they hit the sun), maintaining and having clean jewelry means noticing potential issues from normal daily wear. From day to day wear, the structure of the jewelry can be compromised, and bi-annually cleaning means you're less likely to experience diamond loss, as you're made aware of the ring's integrity regularly.

What tools should you use to clean the diamond ring?

"To quickly remove smudges and skin oils, we recommend using a lint-free diamond cloth," Smetana advises. "When needing a more intensive cleaning, only an ultra-soft toothbrush is okay."

When it comes to cleaning solutions, there are many store brand or jewelry shop-recommended solutions to purchase. However, you may have all the ingredients to make your own solution right at home. Below, with Smetana's help, we've provided a possible at home solution to cleaning your jewelry:

Directions:

  • Mix 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid and 1 cup warm water
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of ammonia-based household cleaner (like a glass cleaner such as Windex)
  • Soak your jewelry in the solution for about 5 minutes and then gently scrub with a soft toothbrush
  • Air-dry or carefully towel-dry with paper towel or regular cloth.
  • Watch it sparkle in the sunshine

Do diamond rings need to be professionally cleaned? 

While we touched on this previously, we believe we should reiterate why a ring should be professionally cleaned every so often. "If you wear your engagement ring or any jewelry daily, you’re bound to have a build-up of skin, dirt and soaps," says Smetana

"Keep in mind that wearing your rings every day is like wearing the same outfit every day and build-up on your jewelry is inevitable, especially the rings on your hands. At-home cleanings are great and keep your jewels shining, but we do believe having your engagement professionally cleaned every six months is necessary and the extra TLC from pros is worth it!" she adds.

Check with the jeweler you bought your ring from; oftentimes, they allow or grant free ring cleanings. 

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What happens during a professional cleaning?

Professional ring cleaning typically first involves an inspection of the item underneath a microscope to make sure no stones are loose and are still in good condition.

Next, the ring is submerged in an ultrasonic cleaning machine containing a specialized washing solvent. This machine uses energy to create vibrations that help shake dirt and dust away without harming the ring. The process typically takes about 15-20 minutes.

Do different diamond cuts (i.e., princess, round) have different approaches to cleaning? 

Short answer, yes! As Smetana reveals, "It is true that some diamond shapes, and how they’re set, can make them more durable or fragile."

"For instance, round diamonds are considered more durable than other shapes, yet claw settings are still vulnerable to snagging and damage. Other diamond shapes that are typically more prone to damage are princess, marquise and pear shapes because of their sharp edge or pointed characteristics, making them prone to chipping when struck. Both shape characteristics and uniqueness of a setting or prongs, should both be taken into consideration while cleaning," she adds.

Is it okay to sleep with your diamond ring on?

Short answer? No. "Apart from the obvious snagging threat from bedding, hair or even your partner, if you tend to lie on your hands, the pressure of your weight can cause the band to become misshapen and, subsequently, lose stones," Smetana warns.

If you're someone who worries about misplacing or losing your jewelry while traveling, this is where you may want to designate a particular location in your house to store your ring. In regards to travel, it may be best to secure the ring back at home in a lock box or secure location to avoid theft or losing the ring. 

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Elizabeth Blasi is a lifestyle & travel writer, who is often seen with a suitcase in hand, jet-setting to her next location. But as a true Digital Nomad, her love of writing and seeking out the next big thing, means her laptop is always beside her.

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