Your engagement ring is one of the most expensive and important pieces of jewelry you’ll ever own, so it should be well-cared for. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Christina Gandia Gambale, owner of Greenwich St Jewelers and GIA Master Gemologist to share some expert advice on how to clean your diamond ring at home and maintain its optimal shine.
For a quick at-home cleaning, we recommend filling a small bowl with lukewarm water and adding liquid dish soap to the mix. Soak your ring for a few minutes and gently scrub it with a soft-bristled toothbrush or jewelry brush, paying special attention to hard-to-reach areas and under-the-stone settings. Be sure to close the sink drain when rinsing your ring to avoid losing it down the drain. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.
Regular at-home cleanings should be enough to keep everyday grime off your ring and maintain its optimal shine, but it’s still a good idea to bring it in for professional cleanings twice a year. If your ring is subject to harsh chemicals or abrasives (like powdered cleaners, baking soda, toothpaste and household cleaners), bringing it in for cleanings more often may help prevent any damage.
Remember to always remove your ring before working with household chemicals, performing labor-intensive activities and when applying lotions or oils. These substances can cause discoloration or even loosen your ring’s setting. And remember to always handle your ring with care – banging it against hard objects can cause scratches and damage. engagement ring cleaner