How To Clean Your Engagement Ring at Home?
Jewellery holds more than just aesthetic value; it encapsulates precious memories and personal stories. To keep your cherished piece sparkling and beautiful, following some simple cleaning and care tips is essential. Here is our expert advice on cleaning and maintaining your engagement ring.
Cleaning Your Jewellery at Home:
When it comes to cleaning your jewellery at home, it's crucial to use gentle methods that won't damage precious metals or gemstones. Start by wiping each piece with a soft microfibre or cotton cloth to remove surface dirt or oils. Avoid using paper or rough materials, as they can cause micro-scratches.
For a more thorough cleaning, create a diluted solution of dishwashing liquid and warm water. Soak your jewellery in this solution for about five minutes, allowing the dirt to loosen. Then, gently scrub the piece using a soft brush (like a toothbrush) to remove any dirt or buildup stuck in the settings. Rinse thoroughly with clean, warm water, and dry your jewellery completely using a soft, lint-free cloth.
Jewellery Cleaning at Home Step By Step:
- Fill a small bowl with warm water.
- Add in a squeeze of dishwashing detergent or hand soap and stir.
- Soak your jewellery in the solution for 5 minutes.
- GENTLY scrub the jewellery with a soft brush (a soft toothbrush is ideal) to remove any dirt, really getting into the underside of the setting.
- Rinse with clean water and dry using a microfibre cloth.
For a deep clean, you should go to a trusted jeweller every 8-12 months for an ultrasonic clean and buff/polish of the metal. It's important to clean your jewellery - especially the pieces you wear daily- as they can be a safe haven for bacteria, and creams, soaps, and oils can clog jewellery settings and stones, making your pieces appear greyish or dull.
Cleaning Diamonds & Gemstones:
To maintain the brilliance of diamonds, follow the general cleaning instructions mentioned above. Pay special attention to the diamond surface and consider using an ultrasonic cleaner. Regularly check the setting's security and have your diamond jewellery professionally inspected every 12 months. For gemstones, be cautious as they vary in hardness. Clean them with a solution of lukewarm water and mild dishwashing liquid, following the same process as above. Polish gently with a soft cloth, check the settings regularly, and have the piece inspected annually for longevity.
Cleaning Gold & White Gold:
Clean gold jewellery, as mentioned earlier, wiping away dirt and oils. Avoid rough materials to prevent scratches. For white gold, have it re-plated every 12 months for a pristine look. Follow the general cleaning instructions and have both gold and white gold professionally inspected regularly.
Platinum jewellery requires regular cleaning to maintain its durability and resistance. Use the same cleaning instructions as above, wiping away dirt and oils. Professional inspection every 12 months ensures its condition and security.
For an in-depth guide on jewellery care and maintenance, check out our detailed "Jewellery Care Guide" for expert tips and techniques to keep your precious pieces shining bright.