by Anjel Murphy
There are few things in life more satisfying than a freshly cleaned diamond ring; the sparkle, the brilliance, the bling-bling- it’s just so mesmerizing!
I remember the first time I laid eyes on my ring- I was at a loss for words. I looked down to see the light dancing in the center stone. Completely unaware of my unmanicured hands, my eyes were locked in on the diamond’s sparkle and I couldn’t help but hold my hand out in front myself in awe. My diamond ring sparkled from across the room, and I never wanted it any other way.
But, as life would have it, my hands were used for more than modeling my ring. Chores, work, and lotion would begin to wear on my diamond more and more each day. I knew that I could take it into my jewelry (Simmons Fine Jewelry cleans your jewelry for free!), but I wanted a way to get that first-wear sparkle by myself, at home.
Here is how you can clean your ring at home! It’s so easy!
How to Clean Your Diamond Ring At Home
Common household tasks such as cleaning, making meals, and primping yourself will dim the sparkle of your ring. Many of us tend to wear our rings 24 hours a day, 7 days a ring, leaving lots of opportunities for your beloved ring to get dirty.
If you want to maintain the sparkle of your ring, here’s how to clean your ring at home with some common household detergents. According to the Gemological Institute of America, also known as “GIA,” you can clean your ring at home simply by making a solution with nearly hot water and dishwashing soap. Place your ring in the solution and let it sit for anywhere 20 to 40 minutes. Gently brush your ring with a very soft toothbrush and then rinse under warm running water. Use a lint-free cloth to dry. If needed, repeat.
How Often Should You Clean Your Ring At Home
To maintain sparkle from your home, clean your ring one to two times a week. For professional cleaning, jewelers recommend bringing your ring at least twice a year. However, if you have an important event coming up or your ring has been at the receiving end of some harsher activities such as renovating and/ or camping, it’s encouraged to bring your ring in for a professional cleaning.
Do’s and Don’ts of At-Home Ring Cleaning
If your ring has excessive build-up, you implement baking soda. Simply wet the toothbrush, dip it in the baking soda and then tap your brush on the desired parts of the ring. The baking soda is slightly abrasive and will help to remove stubborn build-up on your ring. However, this step is not recommended during every cleaning as stones in your ring may come loose. Only implement the addition of baking soda when the ring has been exposed to excess debris.
If you are cleaning your ring at home and you suffer from sensitive skin, make sure to soak your ring with a dish soap that does not irritate your hands. Additionally, once your ring has soaked, be sure to fully rinse your ring in nearly hot water to avoid any soap residue that might become trapped, harden, and later cause a rash.
At-Home Cleaning vs Professional Cleaning
One thing to note is that cleaning your ring at home is very easy. There are not a lot of tools, solutions, or steps in an at-home ring cleaning. Don’t over complicate it by adding steps that professional jewelers take.
Do not- under any circumstances- use a buffing wheel, an ultrasonic machine, or a steamer when cleaning your jewelry at home. Attempting the use of any of the above professional tools may result in permanently damaging your ring.
As mentioned above, professional cleaning is encouraged at least twice a year. It is not uncommon for stones to come loose in a ring setting over time, so a professional cleaning will ensure your ring’s strength and durability as jewelers will inspect the ring under magnification.
That’s a Wrap
Now you can have a sparkly ring just as often as you wear it! At Simmons Fine Jewelry, we love when our customers fall back in love with their ring’s sparkle and we think it’s something that should happen every time you look at it. If you’d like to have your ring professionally cleaned and inspected, come by Simmons Fine Jewelry and preparer to be amazed!