Cleaning a Diamond Ring
Hand lotions, hair styling products and everyday grime all leave enough of a film on your diamond ring to keep it from looking its best. And if you wait too long between cleanings, those materials can accumulate into a thick layer of gunk on the back of your diamond, blocking light and making the diamond appear dull and lifeless.
Diamonds are the hardest substance known, but that doesn't mean we can bring them back to life with any old cleanser. Coatings and other materials used to enhance diamonds can sometimes be removed by harsh chemicals or vigorous scrubbing, so take care when it's time to make your diamond ring sparkle.
Gentle & Effective Ways to Clean Diamond Rings
- 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 key -- don't use a brush with bristles that are stiff enough to scratch the ring's metal setting.
- Swish the ring around in the solution, and then rinse it thoroughly in warm water. Close the drain first, or put the ring in a strainer to keep from losing it!
- Dry the diamond ring with a lint-free cloth.
- If the diamond and setting needs extra help, use a dental Water Pick to flush away small bits of grime. You can also use a wooden toothpick to very carefully push dirt away from the diamond 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 might eventually either cloud or remove the coating that's been placed on the gemstone.
Cleaning Rings with Multiple Types of Gemstones
The method you use to clean jewelry should protect its weakest element. If your ring includes other gems, use a cleaning method that is suitable for the less durable stones.
Protect Diamond Rings from Chlorine
You might already protect your hands from harsh chemicals, but if you don't, think about how chemicals such as chlorine can affect your fine jewelry. Remove your rings or wear gloves to keep chlorine away from your rings.
In order to ensure that your diamond jewelry looks its best, we advise that you clean it on a semi-regular basis. You will notice that over time, your diamond may begin to look dull or "foggy." This is due to residue build-up on the stone and setting, often on the underside of your diamond. This residue is usually caused by hand lotions, soaps, and everyday dust and dirt. You can clean this residue from your diamonds in a variety of ways. If you happen to own a sonic cleaning machine, this will take care of most any residue build up on your jewelry. Otherwise, you can use a soft toothbrush and any mild ammonia diluted with water. Never use toothpaste or any other abrasive substance as it may damage your setting.
Along with regular cleaning, we also suggest that you treat your diamond jewelry with care. If you are an especially active person, you should consider having your diamonds set in bezel or channel settings as they provide your diamond with the most protection, and will ensure that your stone does not become loose from the setting. If you choose to have your diamonds set bead style, in pave, or in a prong setting, you should have them checked on a semi-regular basis by a good jeweler. Over time, the prong tips of settings will wear down, and your diamond may become loose in its setting. A jeweler can easily remedy this by tightening the setting and/or replacing the setting's prong tips.