How To Clean Your Diamond Ring So It's As Sparkly As Day One
There is an old adage that says diamonds are forever, so your diamond engagement ring will last a long time, therefore you should take very good care of it. Your ring is a very important investment, it is a symbol of your love and affection and a lasting reminder of your wedding day. It is important to know the things that you can do at home to clean your ring and to keep it bright and sparkling. There are simple things that you can do at home to keep your ring from getting dirty, or tarnished.
Regular at-home cleaning of your diamond ring can prevent heavy build-up and make it easier and less expensive to clean in the long run. You might be surprised to learn that simple things that you already have in your cupboard can be used to make a homemade jewelry cleaner. To help keep your diamond sparkling, avoid harsh bristles and abrasive chemicals that can damage the surface of your ring.The best method to clean your ring depends on the type of ring that you have: gold, silver, platinum, tungsten and of course, other types of metals, all require regular cleanings to help them keep their luster.
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Simple tips to care for your ring at home:
Keep your warranty and insurance up to date
Visit your Jeweler to make sure your settings are intact to avoid any cracks or loose stones from falling from your ring.
Handle with care
It is very important to take care of your wedding ring and to treat it as an investment, in doing so, avoid wearing it while performing tasks that can damage the prongs, or setting, of your ring. Prevention is the best course of action. If in doubt, remove your ring before tasks or activities that involve chemicals, tools, or equipment that could bend, chip, or otherwise damage your ring.
Be careful in the kitchen
There are lots of things that can happen to your ring while you are working in the kitchen. Food particles can get caught in-between delicate stones and settings, which can be difficult and sometimes even impossible to remove. Dishwashing liquid can cause your ring to become dislodged from a slippery finger and down the drain, or into the garbage disposal.
Avoid oil, grease and heavy lotions
Your platinum, white gold, or silver diamond engagement ring can easily become discolored due to build-up. Practice to remove your ring before you use heavy lotions, oil, or grease that can cause a buildup of residue on your ring and make the surface dull, or in any way, tarnished.
If you have ever wondered how do you clean jewelry, believe it or not, soap and water is the easiest way to keep your diamond ring clean. It can be used to clean all types of jewelry, including gold, white gold, platinum and sterling silver. Place your ring to soak in a bowl of warm water with a little dishwashing liquid for approximately 20 to 40 minutes. This will dissolve any substances, or residue left on your ring. If you have stuck-on residue, use a very soft bristle-toothbrush to gently remove it and clean your ring. Rinse until clean in warm water. It is very important to remove all the soapy residue.
How to clean silver jewelry
Make a paste with half cup white vinegar and two tablespoons of baking soda, which can be found in most households, to make a DIY jewelry cleaner. Add water to the paste to dissolve the baking soda. You can soak your tarnished ring in this simple solution, then rinse until clean in cold water.
A surprising condiment to clean your tarnished silver ring is ketchup. Put some ketchup in a small cup or bowl and immerse your ring in it, be careful to leave it in the ketchup for just a few minutes. Use a soft brush to get into the creases and crevices, then rinse thoroughly with warm water. and then dry.
How to clean gold jewelry
A solution of 50% Windex and 50% hydrogen peroxide can be used to clean your silver or gold diamond ring. Windex is a glass cleaner and it will remove excess dirt build-up and oily residue from your ring. Hydrogen peroxide is also an excellent cleaner, and it has the added benefit of being antibacterial. Place your ring in the solution and leave it to soak for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove stuck on dirt or particles with a soft bristle brush and rinse thoroughly in warm water.
Beer can be used to restore sheen and luster to your gold ring. Use a soft cloth to apply the beer to the gold part of your ring only. Do not use dark ale. Dry your ring properly, using a dry, soft cloth.
Things to avoid when cleaning your engagement ring
Do not use harsh chemicals such as those found in some common household cleaners such as chlorine, or bleach. Harsh cleaners contain abrasives that can tarnish your ring, causing it to become discolored.
Be careful of jewelry cleaners, as some can tarnish the surface of your ring. The best jewelry cleaners to use are chemical-free, non-abrasive cleaners. Use available resources to check around for the best cleaners to use. You can speak with your Jeweler, or use the internet to research the cleaners that give the best results.
Clean your ring as often as needed to keep it looking its best. Take care of your diamond engagement ring and you can enjoy its sparkle and shine forever.