Cleaning your engagement ring

With diamond engagement rings, it is very hard to keep them clean all of the time. Hand cream, grease, general dirt and soap all have an impact on your ring and affect it.

A dirty ring can make your diamonds look dull and thankfully there is a easy solution to this problem.

All jewellers will clean your diamond rings for you but if you simply don’t have the time to get there, I have a cleaning routine which you can do without leaving the comfort of your home. All you need to make your ring sparkle again is a mug, washing up liquid, a kettle and a toothbrush with a small bristle head.

What are the steps to cleaning your engagement ring at home?

To start with pour hot water into a mug and squeeze in a few drops of washing up liquid.

Place your diamond ring into the hot water for twenty minutes.

Take the ring out of the hot water and gently rub the dirty areas with the toothbrush, just make sure you are using a soft bristled toothbrush.

After cleaning with the toothbrush, dry the ring with a hair dryer on a medium heat setting or a soft cloth made of cotton (do not use a paper towel as they scratch the metal) and enjoy your new sparkly diamonds. If your diamonds still look a little cloudy you can repeat the process again.

It is recommended that you clean your ring with this method every 4-6 weeks. If your ring is white gold, it is also recommended to get the ring rhodium plated every 18 months and this is something that your jeweller would do. The same applies with platinum, yellow gold and rose gold rings, which would be polished.

How often should you clean your engagement ring?

It is recommended that you get it deep cleaned about once a year with your jeweller and you can use the above method at home during that time.

How to look after your engagement ring

The tips I just gave will work for any hard-precious stones like diamonds, emeralds, rubies or sapphires. If you have a softer stone like a pearl or opal, talk to your jeweller about how to maintain it.

Most cleaning solutions like using coke, baking soda, toothpaste, vinegar or even bleach can scratch or damage the stone or metal so do not take any risks and use the fairy liquid when cleaning your ring.

Even when you are out gardening, do wear a pair of gloves rather than getting your ring dirty and its safer also or if you are doing any type of sports or activities it is safer if you remove your ring, not only for the ring itself but for your finger too.!

If you take off your ring store it in a dry fabric lined box or a soft pouch.

If you find that your ring has any major knocks or any stones feel wobbly, take it off immediately and store it and bring to your jeweller to check that the stones are intact and secure in the setting.

Tip of the week

Buy engagement ring insurance, I highly recommend that you insure your ring either homeowners insurance or renters insurance by adding it to your policy which includes a valuation and photograph of your engagement.

Trend of the week

This is a dreamy ballgown with light gold and silver floral appliques over a plunging v-neckline available from Belladonna Bridal, Galway.

Posted in