Properly Cleaning Your
Diamond Ring at Home
Natural oils and daily grime can diminish and dull the sparkle of your diamond ring. Products like hairspray, lotion, makeup, and perfume can leave a thin residue behind, which affects how light performs when it hits the diamond (the part that makes it really sparkle!).
If you can’t make it into your jeweler for a proper cleaning, the safest way to clean and care for your diamond engagement ring at home is to make a simple water-based solution. To start, fill a bowl with warm to hot water with a few drops of mild dishwashing soap. Avoid using dish soaps that have a moisturizing component as these types of cleaners tend to leave a thin film behind (much like the layer you’re trying to remove). Soak your diamond ring for 20 to 40 minutes. After your ring has soaked, take it out of the solution and gently brush it with a clean toothbrush. This toothbrush should solely be reserved for cleaning your jewelry, and nothing else.
When brushing your ring, make sure to get into the hard-to-reach places like the back of the diamond and prongs – these areas tend to collect the most dirt. The key is to gently brush the ring in a soft and sweeping motion, so the ring does not sustain any damage or scratches.
After it’s been brushed, rinse the ring under warm water. We suggest using your bathroom sink and closing the drain for this part, since you do not want it falling down the garbage disposal. The process can be repeated to your satisfaction.
Once you’ve soaked and (very gently) scrubbed your diamond ring, you can dry it off with a soft cloth — we suggest using something that’s lint-free of the cotton variety, or letting it air dry. Avoid using paper towels because they can scratch the metal of your ring.