How to Clean Your Engagement Ring

October 28th, 2021

Your engagement ring is one of the most expensive pieces in your jewelry collection and holds the most sentimental value. Each ring is unique, with different materials, settings, and stones. However, there are a few general rules to follow when learning how to clean an engagement ring to help it retain its value and keep it looking its best.

Why It’s Important to Know How to Clean Fine Jewelry

Fine jewelry can become dull or discolored with age, which not only affects the appearance of the piece, but can also impact it’s value. Understanding how to clean your fine jewelry correctly, ensures that you keep your pieces in pristine condition without damaging any of their delicate components like catches, settings, or links.

How Often Do You Need to Clean an Engagement Ring?

Knowing how to clean an engagement ring is important, but you also need to know how frequently to clean it to keep it shiny and bright.

You should thoroughly clean your engagement ring at least once a week to remove skin oils, sweat residue, and buildup from skincare products.

Toothbrush cleaning with dish soap diamond center stone engagement ring

How to Clean Your Engagement Ring at Home

To make cleaning your engagement ring more affordable and practical, learn how to clean the engagement ring at home. An effective cleaning solution for your diamond ring is a solution of warm water and dish soap.

Use very warm water and mix in a drop of dish soap to create the cleaning solution and fully submerge your ring. Leave it to soak for 20 to 40 minutes, depending on how deep of a clean it needs.

Then, use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently remove the remaining grime. Rinse thoroughly under fresh, warm water to remove any soap residue. Dab it dry with a non-abrasive cloth.

For heavy-duty cleaning, use a mixture of one part Windex to one part hydrogen peroxide. The hydrogen peroxide disinfects your ring, while the Windex lifts dirt and prevents streaking.

Soak your ring for 10 to 15 minutes, and use a microfiber cloth or a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove stubborn debris. Rinse your ring with lukewarm water and dry with a lint-free cloth.

Can You Clean Your Engagement Ring Too Much?

Although it is safe to clean your engagement ring every day, if you use harsh chemicals or scrub too vigorously, you can scratch the ring’s finish or loosen the stones. Never use chlorine bleach or abrasive powder cleaners on your engagement ring.

using harsh chemicals to clean three stone diamond engagement ring

When to Take Your Ring to a Professional

Jewelers recommend taking your engagement ring to be professionally cleaned every six months. Your jeweler may use an ultrasonic cleaner that uses a special cleaning solvent and emits high-frequency sound waves to remove debris from your ring and restore its sparkle.

Ultrasonic cleaning is the best way to clean an engagement ring and the only way to completely remove grime and buildup from elaborate settings, such as pavé, split-shank, or prong.

Protect Your Engagement Ring With BriteCo Insurance

Regularly cleaning your engagement ring prolongs its life and helps to retain its value. Another way to protect your ring is with comprehensive engagement ring insurance from BriteCo.

BriteCo makes it fast and easy to get coverage with no deductibles and convenient monthly payments. Visit BriteCo to find out more about our A+ rated coverage.

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