Diamond Ring Care and Cleaning Tips

Elegant, scintillating, and still as eye-catching as the day Prince Phillip proposed over 65 years ago, Queen Elizabeth's magnificent square-cut diamond engagement ring is, without doubt, the star of her extensive fine jewelry collection. Of course, the secret to the unfailing sparkle and shine of Her Majesty's engagement ring is that it has been well looked after, maintained until recently by the world's oldest established jewelers, Garrard of Mayfair. Coupled with the fact that the Queen employs a large team of housekeeping staff to maintain Buckingham Palace, it's not difficult to understand how the 3-carat sparkler has remained remarkably untainted after 65 years of daily wear.

Naturally, your engagement ring is likely to be subjected to a host of potentially damaging chemicals and situations over the years, however, there are a few things you can do to minimize the risk of it becoming dull and worn with age. Follow our helpful guide to cleaning, storing, and caring for your diamond ring, ensuring it will look its best not only for your wedding photos but for an entire lifetime!

When To Take Off Your Ring:

  • You should always avoid wearing your ring when taking a trip to the spa or swimming bath, or visiting a sauna at the gym. Both cool temperatures and steam from the sauna can cause your fingers to shrink, making them more likely to fall off.
  • Remove your ring before participating in sports or workouts that might lead to the ring being knocked or bashed accidentally. 
  • Avoid wearing your ring when applying make-up, moisturizer, or lotion, as product buildup can dull the stones.
  • Take off your ring when engaging in housework or other chores that necessitate the use of corrosive chemicals, tools, or power equipment.

 Avoid Losing Your Ring:

  • Store your ring in the same, secure place every day to avoid losing it.
  • Do not set your ring down beside a basin or bathtub where it could accidentally be knocked off and lost.
  • If you plan to store your ring in a jewelry box, it should ideally be lined with a soft velveteen or silk material to minimize the risk of damage. Keep in mind that a jewelry box is likely the first place a thief might look, so you may want to conceal it in a safe, or other less obvious places.

Ring Maintenance:

  • Avoid handling or fingering your ring as much as possible, since the oils from your hands can transfer onto the stones causing dullness and dirt buildup.
  • Store your ring in the same, secure place every day to avoid losing it.
  • Never store your diamond ring with other loose items of jewelry. Strong as they are, even diamonds can be scratched and nicked by other sharp objects.
  • Further, minimize the risk of scuffs and scratches by wrapping your ring in soft fabric and placing it into a padded bag when it isn't being worn for long periods.
  • Always store your ring away from corrosive substances such as bleaches, hair dyes, and acidic solutions.
  • Adopt a regular cleaning routine; clean your ring at least once a week to keep it in tip-top condition. Read on to see cleaning tips from England Diamond.
  • Be sure to have your ring inspected at least once a year to ensure the setting hasn’t worked loose or weekend.

Diamond Ring Cleaning and Care

Keeping your diamond clean and free of grime is integral to its aesthetic brilliance. A clean diamond will emit the same brilliance, fire, and sparkle like the day it was first purchased, whereas a diamond that hasn't will be dark and dull due to the concentration of grime on the surface. Beautiful as they are, diamonds are renowned for their ability to attract grease, and can quickly become cloudy when immersed in soapy dishwater, or when you use a moisturizer. The build-up of natural oils from the skin can also cause your diamond to lose its luster, which is why it's so important to maintain a regular cleaning regime. Whether you choose to do it yourself or rely on the expertise of a professional jeweler, diamond cleaning should be as much of a priority as obtaining insurance!

DIY Ring Cleaning

  • Do-it-yourself ring cleaning is a recommendable way of keeping your ring in prime condition between visits to a professional jeweler. Experts recommend using warm, soapy water with a mild liquid detergent – approximately 1 part detergent to 16 parts water, however, you may also use ethyl alcohol or ammonia (to three parts water) if you are particularly concerned about water spots. Soak the ring for 5-10 minutes, which should be enough time for any residue and grime build-up to loosen of its own accord. If, after soaking, there is still grime visible around the setting or prongs, use a toothpick or unwaxed dental floss to gently loosen it. You can also use a toothbrush, however, you should ensure the bristles are soft to avoid scratching gold mountings. Use a soft, lint-free cloth to gently dry your ring as thoroughly as possible. This will help to prevent water marks and spots.
  • Numerous brands have developed liquid jewelry cleaning solutions for specific metals, which usually include a small cup in which to soak the ring and a small brush to access hard-to-clean areas. Where possible, always buy a recognized brand name, and ensure the solution is marked suitable for precious metals. Travel-size foam dispensing jewelry cleaners are also effective.

 

 

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