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How to clean my engagement ring and diamond jewellery

Rings accumulating dirt and grime is a natural result of being worn daily. This article will provide some insight into how rings are cleaned and, in addition, provide some helpful tips that you can follow to keep your diamond engagement ring and jewellery looking like new.





There are a myriad different ways dirt and grime build up in your ring, but by far, the most common reason is that diamonds tend to attract oil and grease that results from the use of hand creams, body lotions, moisturisers, and sunscreens. As the oils and emulsion coat your diamond, the sparkle and brilliance of your diamond and jewellery will be muted. In addition, the grease that gets into the nook and crannies of your ring will be more likely to attract dust and dirt, further diminishing your ring’s appearance


First, let’s start with the simplest, but nonetheless very effective, method. We recommend this tip because it is the easiest and the most convenient way to clean your diamond ring and jewellery at home without requiring any specialised or expensive tools. First, fill a cup with warm water, followed by a drop or two of regular dishwashing liquid. Next, use a soft toothbrush to gently but thoroughly clean your jewellery, taking extra care to not miss the spot underneath the diamond. Not only is this cleaning method home friendly but also very quick, taking just 10 to 40 seconds to clean, depending on how dirty it is.

Tip: Regularly cleaning the ring and jewellery is fine as long as care is taken to avoid leaving scratches by brushing gently.

Tip:  If you haven´t cleaned your ring or jewellery in a while or if there is a substantial accumulation of dirt or grease, there is no need to panic. Simply soak it in boiling water with some dishwashing liquid for 5 minutes before brushing it.




The much more specialised method is cleaning using ultrasonic vibrations. This isn’t the most accessible solution for most as it requires an ultrasonic cleaning machine to function. We will briefly explain what ultrasonic cleaning is and how it works. We will provide two different options if you are interested.

The ultrasonic machine produces very high or energetic vibrations transmitted to the object to be cleaned. These high-frequency vibrations travel through water to the submerged ring or jewellery to break down or dislodge any stubborn deposits. One thing to note is that high pitched noise made by the ultrasonic cleaning machine could be grating to people with sensitive hearing. 

Option 1

The most convenient option is to just buy an ultrasonic machine outright. An ultrasonic cleaning machine is a sound investment since using one is very simple and are known to be very durable and long-lasting. The running cost is almost free since no extra chemicals or solutions are required; you only need water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid. They are not very expensive either, going for around $40 or so depending on the brand. However, reading the safety precautions and instruction manual is strongly recommended before operating one.

Option 2

Take your ring or jewellery to a local jeweller who will most probably offer to clean them for free.

Tip: Always use a dash or two of a dishwashing liquid to ensure good cleaning.
Tip: Ultrasonic vibrations are known to damage watches, so avoid putting watches in ultrasonic machines. 
Tip: Regular off-brand ultrasonic machines will be just as effective as branded ones.