Caring for Your Diamond Ring

How to Clean Your Diamond Rings

Rings6It is normal that your Diamond Ring would get a bit dirty over time. Hand creams, hair styling products and everyday grime leave small traces on your Ring. If you let those materials accumulate on and inside your ring, they will make your diamond look ‘blind’ and without the beautiful fire that it used to display.

Although your Diamond is the hardest natural material known to man, you cannot just use any type of cleaner to clean your Diamond Ring. Some cleaners are simply too harsh and will effect the metal of your ring and the setting. You need to make sure that your cleaning does not scratch the Gold, Platinum or Palladium.

Following are some simple, yet effective ways to shine up your Diamond Ring – we are talking about real diamond rings, not fake diamonds, fracture filled diamonds or other diamond look-a-likes.

Cleaning Your Diamond Rings at Home

1. Firstly, soak your diamond ring in warm water with a bit of of mild liquid dish washing detergent. Leave in the solution for 10 to 30 minutes.

2. Next, use an old, soft toothbrush to gently remove any remaining dirt.

3. Once the dirt has come off, place the ring in fresh, warm water plus detergent solution and swirl the ring around so that any bits of loose dirt will get washed out. You could suspend your ring on a piece of string and then rinse in warm water. Make sure the drain of your washbasin is plugged so you can’t loose your ring if you drop it!

4. For best results, I recommend you place your washed ring in a cup with de-mineralized / or distilled water to get rid of any dish washing residues. Remove and gently pat dry your diamond ring with a lint-free cloth. Placing the ring on a clean towel and gently drying with a hairdryer works really well. If all this does not work for your ring and the dirt is much harder to get rid of, then you can try to use a dental water pik to flush away the small bits of dirt. Wooden toothpicks are also very useful to gently push away the dirt that clings to your diamond or the setting.

Cleaning Rings with Different Types of Gemstones

This is where it gets a little more complicated. Diamonds are the most durable gemstones, so cleaning them is pretty straight forward. Other gemstones can be a bit, or even a lot more fragile (Pearls for example).

Most of the classic gemstones like Sapphire and Ruby are pretty tough and can be cleaned in a similar way as the Diamond. Garnets are hard enough, Amethyst and Onyx are also fine, but be careful with Emeralds, Opals, Turquoise, and Coral.

If your ring is set with other gemstones, you will need to choose a cleaning method that is suitable for those particular gemstones. If you are in doubt about the gemstones in your jewellery, or feel it’s too risky to clean your jewellery at home, then you need to take your Fine Jewellery to a manufacturing Jeweller who would be able to properly identify your jewellery and use the appropriate methods to not only clean, but also buff up your jewellery so it shines like new.

White Gold Jewellery can be a problem as it usually gets Rhodium plated, a thin layer that wears off over time, so your white gold jewellery might also need a new Rhodium plating to bring it back to the look it originally had.

So, if you can’t do it at home, take your jewellery to a professional manufacturing Jeweller or Gold and Silversmith for cleaning and polishing.

Diamond Rings and Swimming Pools

Rings7Chlorine is not good¬†for your Diamond Rings and other jewellery, so when it comes to going for a dip, you’d better take off your fine jewellery. If you need to do some pool maintenance, such as adding Chlorine, Hydrocloric Acid etc, wear gloves and again, protect your jewellery from getting into contact with those strong Acids.

I hope these jewellery cleaning tips can be of help to you.

Written by: Eckart Schillings, Gold and Platinumsmith, Rings for Brides

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