5 Steps: Cleaning your engagement ring
Not only is your engagement ring probably one of the most expensive pieces of jewellery you own, but it also holds a lot of sentimental value, doesn’t it?
Therefore, you’ll want to know how to take care of that precious engagement ring. Taking care of your ring doesn’t have to be guesswork, we’ll teach you how to clean your engagement ring thoroughly and carefully.
First, some advice, when it comes to cleaning your ring – do it regularly. Not only will regular cleaning keep your ring sparkling, but it will also shorten the cleaning process in the long run. Something to remember, each ring is unique with many different metals as well as settings. It’s important to know how to clean the metal your ring is made of, as different methods are used for certain metals. However, regardless of the method used, you always have to be gentle and patient during the process.
The below at-home engagement ring cleaning steps will work on any setting, just remember to never use sharp objects – you can loosen the gemstones or scratch the metal.
The simplest way to clean any ring is with a plain soap bath.
- Fill a bowl with very warm water
- Add some dishwashing soap
- Soak your ring for 20-40 minutes depending on how dirty it is
- Gently brush with a very soft toothbrush
- Rinse the ring under warm water and air dry on a soft cloth
* Important using chlorine, bleach or any other harsh chemicals can damage your ring. Stick to plain dishwashing liquid.
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 discoloured—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 labour-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 jeweller 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 discolour 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 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 favour and consult a professional.
The best way to clean your engagement ring is to have it professionally cleaned by your jeweller. At Deonne Le Roux Jewellers we do offer ring baths and other professional cleaning services.