How To Clean Your Diamond Ring
Safe and Effective Cleaning Methods
Hand lotions, hair styling products and everyday
grime can leave a film on your diamond that keeps it from
sparkling. Those materials can even accumulate into a thick
layer of gunk on the back of the stone if you wait too long
Diamonds are the
hardest substance known, but coatings and other materials used
to enhance them can sometimes be removed by harsh cleansers and
vigorous scrubbing, making it even more important to clean the
gems with care.
Do you know if treatments were applied to your
diamond before it was placed in a ring setting? If you do,
that's great, because it means you've probably done enough
research to know how to keep the ring clean without damaging it.
Gentle & Effective Cleaning for All
- Soak your diamond ring in a warm solution
of mild liquid detergent and water.
Ivory dishwashing liquid is a good choice, but any other
mild detergent is fine.
- Use a soft brush if necessary to remove
dirt. Soft is the wordódon't use a brush with
bristles that are stiff enough to scratch the ring's metal
- Swish the ring around in the solution,
then rinse it thoroughly in warm water. Close the drain or
put the ring in a strainer to keep from losing it!
- Dry the ring with a lint-free cloth.
If the ring needs extra help, a Water Pik
provides a stream of water to flush away small bits of grime.
You can also use a wooden toothpick to carefully push
dirt away from the stone and setting.
Cleaning Unfilled Diamonds
Diamonds that have not been fracture filled
can be cleaned with a solution of ammonia and water.
Use the gentler liquid detergent solution for
fracture filled diamonds, because ammonia can eventually cloud
or remove the coating that's been placed on the stone.
If Your Ring Contains Other Gemstones
The method you use to clean any piece of jewelry must protect
its weakest element. If your setting includes other gems, use a
cleaning method that is suitable for the less durable stones.
You might already protect your hands from harsh chemicals, but
if you don't, think about your fine jewelry. Remove your rings
or wear gloves to protect them from products that contain
chlorine, because it can damage metals. Avoid dripping bleaches
and hair dyes on your fine jewelry.