How to Clean Your Engagement Ring

April 15, 2020
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Last summer I spent a few months working in a jewellery store and it really surprised me how often people would come in and spend money to have their engagement ring sent away and cleaned. Cleaning your engagement ring is a really quick and simple task that you can easily do yourself at home. Saving you both time and money. After being taught how by my mother who manages the jewellery store I worked in, I’ve always cleaned my own ring. So, today I thought I’d share with you how to clean your engagement ring.

It can be difficult to notice when your engagement ring needs a clean. But, after a while, it’ll start to lose its sparkle and look dull. I tend to clean it once a month to really make it shine and look brand new again. Plus, when you really think about it, it’s pretty disgusting wearing something all day every day, letting bacteria build up inside. From makeup to hand soap and everything else your hands go through in a day, your engagement ring can pick up a surprising amount of dirt.

Note: These instructions only apply to diamond engagement rings. If you have any other gemstones such as emeralds, which are extremely delicate stones, rubies or sapphires included in your ring then you may need to speak to a specialist. 

How to clean your engagement ring

What you’ll need:

  • Your engagement ring (duh)
  • A small bowl
  • Washing up liquid
  • A Small toothbrush, either a child’s toothbrush or an electric toothbrush head

How to clean your engagement ring

1.) Put some warm water into the small bowl and then add a couple of squirts of washing up liquid.

2.) Swirl the toothbrush around in the bowl to pick up the mixture and tap off the excess.

3.) Gently scrub the ring with the toothbrush. I’d suggest either doing this directly above the bowl or over the sink with the plug firmly in. Just in case your ring has any loose stones that could fall out. Diamonds are the strongest gemstone so you can’t really damage it and loosing one is extremely rare unless the claws or the setting is loose. Still, it’s better to be safe than sorry by being careful and checking your ring for any missing diamonds during the process.

How to clean your engagement ring

How to clean your engagement ring

4.) Take your time to thoroughly clean the ring. Making sure you get behind the diamonds if you can. For example, in my ring, I have diamonds on the band so I scrub behind them to get rid of any dirt that may be dulling their sparkle.

How to clean your engagement ring

5.) Rinse off your ring either in the bowl or by running it under a tap and check it all over. You’ll want to make sure the diamonds are pretty much see-through, if they’re reflecting a lot of light or if you can still see some dirt build-up. After a few go’s you’ll start to learn exactly what to look for.

How to clean your engagement ring

6.) As my ring is platinum I also use the toothbrush and the washing up mixture to clean the band too. If you have a gold or white gold band then you can get a special cloth to clean it. However, with white gold, you will need to get it re-rhodium plated every few years to restore it, making it pretty and white again.

7.) Once you’re happy with the cleanliness of the ring, rinse it off with some water. Dry it carefully in a towel and admire how new and sparkly it looks again!

How to clean your engagement ring

How to clean your engagement ring

How to clean your engagement ring

Cleaning your engagement ring is a very simple job that doesn’t take much longer than 10-15 minutes. Personally, I really enjoy cleaning my ring, seeing the before and after and bringing back the glorious sparkle and shine again. I also enjoy telling people I’m going to spend some time cleaning my diamonds just to sound like a very fancy, sophisticated lady haha.

I hope you all enjoyed this post and found it useful. If you have any questions leave them in the comments below and I’ll be more than happy to help. While you’re here subscribe to Beauty and the Bookshelves. You can also follow me on InstagramTwitter, and Pinterest too. Thanks for reading!

3 Comments

  • Mimi

    April 15, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    I actually just used this technique to clean the necklace I always wear (the heart one I have in pretty much every photo) I can’t believe how easy it was and how well it worked. It has been bothering me for months that is was so dull and it sparkles again! Pretty sure mine aren’t diamonds but it worked amazingly anyway

    1. Hollie

      April 18, 2020 at 11:30 am

      Ah yay glad it helped you! It is super quick and easy and it can make such a difference 😊

  • Chanelle

    April 16, 2020 at 6:57 am

    This sounds very easy, glad it works a treat! I’d want my ring to always be looking clean and sparkly. Not that I’m an expert but I wouldn’t want to use water that’s too warm as heat can loosen stones too 👍❤

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