If you’re looking to keep your ring looking sparkling and shiny, there are some simple things you can do to help. Cleaning your ring regularly can not only keep it looking great, but also make it easier to spot any issues before they become larger problems.
A clean ring will shine better, and you’ll be able to spot any small scratches or nicks more easily, says Stephanie Maslow-Blackman of Metalicious. Additionally, keeping your ring clean helps to combat the buildup of dirt and residue that can lead to a dull, discolored ring over time.
The best way to clean your engagement ring is to follow the same steps that you would to wash your hands. Fill a bowl with warm water and a little dishwashing soap, then place your ring in the bowl and leave it soak for at least 20 minutes. This will loosen any dirt, lotion or dried soap that has settled into crevices and behind your gemstone.
Once your ring has been soaked, you can scrub it with a soft toothbrush to remove any stuck-on debris. It’s important to use a brand-new toothbrush for this task, as an older one could have frayed bristles and scratch the ring.
Alternatively, you can try a more thorough clean by mixing up a solution of baking soda and vinegar in a small bowl. Then, you can immerse your ring in this mixture for about three hours and rinse it thoroughly to get rid of the buildup.
Some gems and metals are more sensitive than others when it comes to certain types of cleaning products, so it’s wise to ask your jeweler how to safely clean your ring before you start. In particular, if you have an emerald, sapphire or ruby ring, it’s recommended to avoid any harsh chemicals or acidic cleaning solutions that could cause the stone to break down.
Another option is to use a steam cleaner that uses high-pressure steam and heat to loosen the dirt, oil and other residue on your ring. This is particularly effective if you’ve had your ring on for a while and it hasn’t been cleaned properly.
If you’re looking for a more thorough clean, a professional jewelry store can offer specialized cleaning options that will give your ring a deep clean without damaging the gemstone or metal. The experts at your local REEDS Jewelers can help you decide which type of cleaning will work best for your ring, and they’ll be more than happy to take care of it for you.
It’s also a good idea to set up a specific ring dish in every room of your home so you can easily access it for a quick clean. That way, you’ll always know where to go for a quick cleaning, and you’ll be able to see that your ring is looking its best!
Lastly, don’t forget to take your engagement ring out of your jewelry box after you’ve finished cleaning it. This will help to prevent a buildup of dirt and grime, which can lead to damage or even the loss of your ring.