6 Ways to Clean Your Engagement Ring

You don’t have to be a jeweler to care for that gorgeous keepsake, but you will want to care for it like one! If all goes as planned (and we’re certain it will), this ring may well become a family heirloom. And ugly or ill-kept family heirlooms don’t see much light of day ~ So, here are…

6 Ways to Clean Your Engagement Ring

 Chances are you are probably a somewhat active person. You go to work, cook, clean…and before you know it, your once stunning engagement ring has become dull and lacks that sparkle it used to have. Throughout all of the activities you have going on in your day, your ring has picked up dirt and grime, leaving it lackluster. To bring it back to life, all you need to do it clean it up. Here are a few different ways you can accomplish this.

  1. Baking Soda Cleaning: Baking soda is a mild cleaning agent that is perfect for cleaning an engagement ring if it’s mildly dirty.  Just mix it with a little water to form a paste which you’ll rub all around the stone and the setting of your ring. Then just dry and polish with a lint free cloth. Pretty easy, don’t you think?
  2. Soap Detergent and Water Cleaning: This is even simpler than using baking soda. Just use 1 part mild dishwashing soap and 3 parts warm water. Take a soft bristle toothbrush and scrub the stone and the ring.  By doing this, you’re getting rid of lotions, oils and general grime that’s stuck in your ring.  If your ring is looking pretty rough, just let it soak overnight. Then you can dry and polish it with a lint free cloth.
  3. Ammonia Cleaning: You can really bring out the shine of your diamond by cleaning it with one part straight ammonia and 3 parts warm water. Swirl it around in the solution for a couple of minutes and, if it’s still dirty, you can use a soft bristled brush to clean it up some more. Dry it off and you’re good to go!
  4. Jewelry Cleaning Solutions: For those of you who don’t trust your own cleaning skills, you can easily purchase jewelry cleaning solutions at a local store.  All you have to do with these is soak your ring overnight, rinse it off with warm tap water, then dry it off with a lint free cloth.
  5. Steam and Ultrasonic Cleaning: The jeweler that you purchased your ring from most likely provides steam and ultrasonic cleaning for free, but if you take it to another jeweler it could be a minimum of $10.
  6. Sulfuric Acid Cleaning: If your ring is almost beyond help, your jeweler can, as a last option, clean your diamond engagement ring with a sulfuric acid boil. You definitely want to make sure whoever uses this method is a professional, though, because if it’s not done correctly your ring can be seriously damaged. The price of this procedure runs anywhere from $10 to $20.

 

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