Found your diamond ring lacking some of that sparkle you first fell in love with when you got it? The honeymoon period doesn't have to end just yet – here’s a guide on how to clean your diamond from the comfort of your own home, using items you already have.
Diamonds score a 10 on the Mohs scale of hardness, which is the highest score you can get on this scale. Needless to say, it’s very difficult to scratch a diamond, and the fact that they cannot be easily damaged by keys, coins, counter edges or fingernails is one of the reasons that they are such a popular choice for engagement rings.
In short, the only thing that can scratch a diamond is another diamond – but does this mean that nothing can tarnish a diamond’s sparkle?
Unfortunately not. Diamonds are not immune to the body lotions, perfumes, makeup and other substances that will inevitably form a thin layer on your diamond ring with daily wear. This means that diamonds need to be cleaned, just like anything else you wear on a daily basis, as dirt and grime can adhere and build up on a diamond’s surface and dull its sparkle.
Can I Clean My Engagement Ring With Baking Soda?
Although some online guides may recommend a variety of chemicals, it’s important to avoid using any bleach or other abrasives (such as baking soda or toothpaste) on your jewellery. Diamonds are extremely durable, but the precious metals they are mounted in are far more prone to damage and can react poorly to these chemicals.
How Do I Clean My Engagement Ring At Home?
To clean your diamond engagement ring, all you need is a solution of dish soap and water. Following the steps below will have your ring gleaming like new in no time.
- Check the ring's condition. Ensuring your diamond lasts forever means regularly checking the setting. It’s important to do this before attempting to clean your ring. Look closely at the ring and check that the claws are holding the stone firmly. There should be no room for the diamonds to move in their settings. If you notice any movement, or are unsure, we highly recommend consulting a jeweller to fix any issues. We recommend checking your stone’s setting at least twice a year, and every ring we provide comes with a lifetime setting guarantee which entitles you to these regular checks, amongst other things!
- When you’re certain the setting is secure, prepare the solution you’ll be using by adding a few drops of dish soap to a lukewarm bowl of water. Extreme temperatures can damage certain metals, so avoid boiling or ice-cold water.
- Soak the ring in the solution for ten minutes. This will gently loosen and start to dissolve any dirt and grime that’s sitting on the ring, and reduce the need for too much scrubbing.
- After soaking, gently start to clean the band – for this, you’ll need a soft-bristled toothbrush, or a children’s toothbrush, without any rubber bristles. Make sure to get into the hard to reach places such as under the centre stone and the stone’s setting. Remember to be gentle and take your time, and soak the ring for a little longer if necessary.
- Once you have finished scrubbing, rinse your ring thoroughly under clean, lukewarm running water until it’s free of all soap and dirt residue.
- When your ring is nice and clean, dry it using a microfiber or linen cloth. These materials are gentler than paper towels, making them a preferable option. If you don’t have a linen or microfiber cloth to hand, you can also leave your ring to air dry in a safe place
- Using a polishing cloth, which are sold by most jewellers, polish your rings band to make it shine. When you’re done, be sure to store your ring safely to keep it safe from dust when you aren’t wearing it, preferably in a microfibre or felt bag. Storing your diamond ring separately to other jewellery will also prevent your other items from being scratched by your diamond
How Often Should I Clean My Engagement Ring?
We recommend following the above guide to clean your diamond ring at least once a week, to remove any build up of oils and dust. It’s also important to get your diamond professionally cleaned, checked and polished at least twice a year. Jewellers have the specialist knowledge and equipment to ensure your diamond stays secure and sparkling and can resolve or prevent problems with your ring that you may not notice until it’s too late, such as a pavé diamond that's close to falling out or a loose claw.
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