Nothing is quite as mesmerising as a sparkling diamond ring. But, over time, you may notice it starting to look a little dull and lifeless. If you wear your diamond ring every day, you’ll no doubt be exposing it to hand lotions, cooking ingredients, garden soil and other general everyday products that leave behind a thin layer of grime. This grim prevents any light from entering your ring, making it lose its sparkle.
Luckily, giving your lab grown diamond engagement ring a clean will restore it to its original beauty. Since dirty rings are also a breeding ground for bacteria, which can lead to skin irritation, it’s important you clean and care for your ring regularly to keep it looking its best and free of germs.
While many jewellery shops offer cleaning services, it’s easy enough to clean your diamond ring at home. Here, we’ll show you, step-by-step, how to clean your diamond ring and bring it back to life.
1. Check the Ring is Stable Enough to be Cleaned
First of all, before you start the cleaning process, you’ll want to make sure your ring is stable enough to be cleaned. The last thing you want is to damage the ring or lose a stone while cleaning. So, check that all the claws are firm and that the diamonds are fully secured in their settings. If it’s an older ring and you can feel a stone is loose or one of the claws is crooked, then it may be best to take it to a professional to get fixed and cleaned.
2. Create the Cleaning Solution
Once you’re certain the ring is stable enough to be clean, leave it to one side as you make the cleaning solution. Here’s what you’ll need:
● A small bowl
● Washing up liquid
● Warm water
● Small toothbrush
● Clean, dry cloth
Fill the bowl with warm to hot water and add the washing-up liquid.
3. Soak the Ring
Pop the ring into the bowl and let it soak for 20-40 minutes. This will help to loosen any tough dirt stuck in the prongs or within the ring’s setting.
4. Clean the Ring with a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush
Dip a small, very soft-bristled toothbrush into the cleaning mixture and use it to gently brush the stones. Children’s toothbrushes are usually best for cleaning rings as they’re small enough to handle delicate items and don’t have rubber bristles. Make sure you brush the underside of the ring, and in between the prongs too, where there might be a buildup of dirt.
5. Rinse the Ring
When you’re happy that the ring is clean and you’ve got into every nook and cranny with the brush, swirl it around in the solution again to remove any excess dirt and then rinse it under warm, running water. We’d suggest putting the plug in, just in case you drop the ring, as it’ll likely be slippery from the cleaning solution, and the last thing you want is for it to fall down the drain.
6. Dry the Ring
Place the ring on a clean and dry cotton or linen cloth. Avoid using paper towels as they can be too rough on the metal. Blot the ring dry or leave it to air dry.
7. Polish the Ring’s Metal
If you happen to have a polishing cloth lying around, which we recommend using on other pieces of jewellery too, use it to polish up the platinum or white gold metal to make it shine.
Ideally, you should clean your diamond rings once a week if you wear them every day, as this will stop so many oils and products from building up. Take a look at our jewellery care and cleaning guide to learn how to keep your jewellery looking as good as the day it was received.
How can I Make my Diamond Ring Shiny Again?
Cleaning your diamond ring once a week will ensure that it always stays shiny and sparkly and will remove any dirt buildup from lotions, makeup and everyday wear that can be harmful to both the ring and your skin. We also recommend taking it to a professional jeweller to be cleaned at least twice a year, as they’ll also be able to check for any damage that might need repairing.
How do you Clean Diamonds to Make them Sparkle?
To make your diamonds sparkle like their brand new again, simply follow our cleaning steps above!