Keep that sparkler nice and sparkly!
You use hand cream, moisturiser, shampoo, and more, so it’s no wonder that engagement rings lose their sparkle over time.
Given that everyone is on a massive cleaning buzz right now because of Instagram, we thought we’d bring you the ultimate engagement ring cleaner guide.
You can bring your ring to a jeweller for a deep clean (more on that later), about once a year or ahead of a special occasion. But for everyday build-up, it’s handy to know how to clean your engagement ring at home yourself. If you want to keep on top of product build-up, jewellers recommend doing a quick clean once or twice a month.
The tips we’ve just listed above will work for any hard precious stones like diamonds, emeralds, rubies or sapphires. If you have a softer stone like a pearl or opal, talk to your jeweller about how to clean it safely.
There are lots of home cleaning solutions that are thrown around, like using Coke, baking soda, toothpaste, vinegar or even bleach or acetone to clean your ring. Many of these can actually scratch or damage the stone or metal, so don’t take risks when a simple bottle of Fairy Liquid can do the trick.
Most rings can withstand day-to-day activities like washing the dishes or going to the gym. But if you’re doing things like gardening or heavy cleaning, it’s a good idea to wear gloves or remove your ring. Likewise, for certain activities and sports, it’s safer if you remove your ring, not only for the ring itself but for your finger too!
If you take your ring off regularly or for long periods of time, store it in a dry, fabric lined box or soft pouch, and make sure it’s clean before you store it.
If your ring has any major knocks (or any stones feel wobbly), take it off immediately and store it in its box. Bring it to the jeweller to check that the stones are intact and secure in the setting.
It’s a good idea to get your engagement ring cleaned by a jeweller about once a year. Their products will restore the lustre of your stones in no time. Plus they’ll check over the ring for any loose stones or damage. If you can, bring your ring back to the jeweller it was purchased from as they may have included a regular cleaning as part of the warranty.
For a more thorough clean, you can also ask your jeweller to use an ultrasonic cleaning machine. This vigorous cleaning process really makes a ring sparkle. This is also one to leave to the experts (even if you have access to a machine). A jeweller will spot any stones loosened in the process.
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