How to Clean a Diamond Ring at Home
Not only is your engagement ring probably one of the most expensive pieces of jewelry you've ever owned, but it also holds a lot of sentimental value, so you'll want to know how to take care of that precious engagement ring. Most jewelry is relatively easy to maintain as long as you know what you're doing—which is where we come in. Our guide will take the guesswork out of how to clean a diamond ring.
Each engagement ring is unique with many different stones, metals and settings. It's important to know what care your ring requires before you begin the cleaning process. But regardless of the method used, the best way to clean a diamond ring thoroughly is to be gentle and patient during the cleaning process.
If you want to know how to clean a diamond ring at home, there are several good methods. All of these at-home cleaning methods will work on any setting, just make sure to never use sharp objects to remove particles or residue within the setting—if you're not careful you could loosen the diamond or scratch the metal.
How Often to Clean Your Ring
You may not realize it, but many of your everyday habits can quickly take that brilliant sparkle off of your diamond ring. For example, shampoo, hairspray, hand lotions, hand soaps and cooking oils can leave a cloudy sheen across your diamond and your band. For this reason, it's a good idea to clean your ring every week if you want to keep it in tip-top sparkly shape.
Consider bringing your ring to a jeweler for a professional deep clean twice a year. If you lead an active lifestyle or like to get your hands dirty with e.g., gardening, you may want to get your ring professionally cleaned more often, especially for a big event like an anniversary party.
How to Clean a Diamond Ring: All Metal Types (Platinum, Silver, White Gold, and Gold)
- 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 jewelry cleaners, can damage the engagement ring. It's important to rinse your ring thoroughly after cleaning in order to remove any soap residue.
- Non-Abrasive and Chemical-Free Solution. It's important to do your research when purchasing a jewelry cleaner/polisher. If there are any chemicals in the solution, your diamond ring can become discolored or lose its durability. Sparkle Bright is a highly rated jewelry cleaner that can polish and restore rings of any metal type.
How to Clean a Diamond Ring: Silver and Gold
- Windex and Hydrogen Peroxide Solution. Here's how to clean a diamond ring with hydrogen peroxide: get a small bowl and prepare a 50/50 solution of Windex and hydrogen peroxide. Soak your diamond ring for about 10–15 minutes. The Windex will remove the day-to-day dirt build up and the hydrogen peroxide will kill any bacteria on the ring. After soaking your engagement ring in the solution, gently scrub your ring with a soft toothbrush to remove residue. Rinse with lukewarm water and dry.
How to Clean a Diamond Ring: Silver
- Vinegar. Pour 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons baking soda into a shallow bowl. Mix the solution so that the baking soda is completely dissolved. Soak your diamond ring in the solution for two to three hours. Then rinse your ring under cold water and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.
- Ketchup. Yes, you read that correctly. If you have a tarnished silver ring, then ketchup could be your solution to getting the shine back. Dunk your band into a small bowl of ketchup for a few minutes. Use a soft toothbrush to work ketchup into the crevices, then rinse the ring with lukewarm water and dry. Be sure not to leave the ketchup on your band for more than a few minutes.
How to Clean a Diamond Ring: Solid Gold
- Beer. If your solid gold ring is losing its luster, try pouring a little bit of beer onto a soft cloth and rubbing it gently over the band. Do not rub the beer on your gemstones or diamond, and be sure to avoid dark ale beer. After you've rubbed the beer onto the band, use a second cloth or towel to dry.
What Not to Use When Cleaning Your Ring
Diamonds are famous for their strength, but that doesn't mean you should consider using harsh cleaning chemicals for giving your ring a scrub. Chemicals like bleach, chlorine and acetone can break down the metal in your band.
Use only the softest of brushes on your diamond. Hard-bristled toothbrushes and scrub pads may scratch your diamond, marring its beautiful sparkle and lowering its values. Likewise, abrasive cleaners, like baking soda, powdered cleaners or even toothpaste, can damage your band. Gold bands, in particular, scratch very easily.
Take care when choosing specialized jewelry cleaners. Be sure to choose a cleaner without chemicals or abrasive components. Even certain chemicals that won't harm your ring could discolor your diamond.
Caring for Your Diamond Ring
While it's important to know how to clean a diamond ring safely, it's also important to be aware of the things you should absolutely not do when cleaning a ring. The last thing you want to do is damage your ring or cause it to age prematurely.
- Thick lotions and creams can result in residue build-up on your ring. This can make your ring look and feel dirty, and cause it to become discolored—especially if your band is made of white gold or platinum.
- Your ring is a fragile object; therefore, it's extremely important that you handle it with care. If you bang your ring onto something hard enough, it could chip the band or loosen the setting. If you know that you're going to do something labor intensive, take off your ring and put it in a safe place.
- If you have a warranty, it's important to stay up-to-date on your maintenance appointments. Being proactive and bringing your ring in to be inspected by a jeweler can prevent any stones from falling out and resolve any chip or crack issues.
- Remove your ring while cooking. Food and other oils can get stuck in or discolor your ring. Depending on the setting of your stone, food may be almost impossible to remove from the ring.
It's important to take care of your ring, as it is has tremendous sentimental value. If you're ever questioning whether or not a solution or treatment is safe for cleaning your ring, do yourself a favor and consult a professional.