Whether you just got engaged or you’ve been sporting a wedding band for a while, that ring on your finger is a reminder of how lucky you are to be in love. It’s near and dear to your heart, and chances are, you wear it just about everywhere. However, with all that exposure to outside elements, your ring may have lost some of its shine.

 

Don’t worry though, that shine isn’t lost forever! Below, you’ll find our expert advice on how to clean your engagement ring or wedding ring so it glitters with the same brightness as the day you first put it on.

Before learning how to clean your diamond ring, it’s good to know what can make it dirty in the first place. Your diamond might appear bright and sparkly on your finger, but you may be surprised when you realize how much buildup can accrue during everyday activities. Even if you’re careful not to expose your ring to dirt and grime, some buildup is unavoidable.

 

Simple actions like washing your hands, putting on hairspray, or lathering on moisturizer and sunscreen can dull the shine. Even when your ring is off your finger, dust can accumulate on the stone. Little by little, these products build up on and around the stone, causing your ring to lose some if its sparkle and shine.

 

There is good news though! The buildup on your engagement ring is usually only temporary and very much fixable. Your engagement ring is meant to be worn, shown off, and loved, so don’t obsess over keeping it away from absolutely everything. Instead, get into a ring cleaning routine.

When it comes to determining how often you should clean your engagement ring, the answer will depend on personal preference and how much exposure it’s getting to outside elements. As mentioned previously, ordinary activities can cause your diamond to lose its luster.

 

Of course, you want your diamond to shine its brightest all day, every day, so consider adding a weekly ring-cleaning session to your routine.

 

When you want to go for a deep clean, it’s best to turn to the professionals. You might consider taking your wedding or engagement ring to a professional jeweler once or twice a year, especially if your ring gets a lot of wear and tear. Jewelers have the heavy-duty professional tools and ultrasonic cleaners that can really make your diamond sparkle. They are also familiar with the best kind of treatment for your ring’s individual needs. For a free, professional jewelry cleaning, find a REEDS Jewelers near you!

 

Once you know how to clean your engagement ring, it’ll be easier to determine how much time you need to devote to the jewelry cleaning process.

Now for the fun part: figuring out the best ways to clean your engagement ring! Because no two engagement rings are the same, there are several ways to approach the process.

 

Of course, your time and budget will play a role in determining how to clean your engagement ring. As mentioned above, you should think about taking your ring to a jeweler at least once a year for a professional cleaning. If you have the time and budget to do so, you might go more often!

 

If you’re constantly on-the-go and looking to clean your ring without spending too much money, find a few minutes each week to perform the following jewelry cleaning routine at home:

 

  1. In a small bowl, mix a couple drops of mild, degreasing dish soap with warm water.*
  2. Soak your engagement or wedding ring in the mixture for one minute.
  3. Use a clean, soft-bristled toothbrush to gently scrub the ring.
  4. Rinse the ring in warm water.
  5. Dry your ring with a lint-free cloth (e.g. microfiber cloth).

 

*Do not use chemicals like bleach, chlorine, or acetone, as they could permanently damage the metal or stone!