The primary value of virtually all diamond and engagement rings is their appearance, and factors like sparkle, shine and clarity are among the most desired in this area. When we think of diamond jewelry or really any high-quality gemstone, we think of sparkle, brilliance and a beautiful sight for eyes to behold.
At AAA Jewelers, we’re here to tell you about one important area for maintaining this appearance in any of our custom jewelry pieces: Proper cleaning and maintenance. For those who wear their rings on a daily basis, diamonds and other gems can pick up bits of dust, dirt, moisture and others, eventually clouding the appearance of the stone and making it appear like it’s low-quality. Let’s go over some tips for avoiding your ring dirtying up in the first place, plus some basic home ring cleaning methods you can observe without risking damage or any other concerns.
Avoiding Ring Dirtying
Here are a few common circumstances in which your ring can become dirty, plus how you can mitigate these risks:
- Touching: Generally speaking, while we know it’s tempting to spend lots of time touching and examining your beautiful new ring, this is actually one of the top sources of dirt and buildup over time. Human hands contain natural oils, and also carry dirt that will easily rub off onto diamonds or other gems. The more you touch the ring, and especially the stone itself, the more buildup you risk leaving behind. When you do touch the ring to take it off or put it on, hold it gently and from the band area only – do not touch the top of the stone, as this risks fingerprints or smudging.
- Hand care: In addition, we strongly recommend removing the ring before performing various areas of hand care: Showering, applying lotions or creams, or even detailed hand-washing in some cases. Various creams and soaps create a film on diamonds or other stones, and if your home uses hard water, the minerals here can lead to water spots that form on the stone. You may also want to remove the ring when applying makeup or cooking.
- Physical activity: When going to the gym, playing sports or doing any other significant activity, we recommend leaving the ring off so it won’t be dirtied or damaged.
Home Ring Cleaning Methods
You have two general options when it comes to cleaning a diamond or other gem ring:
- Ring cleaning solution: There are many specific cleaning solutions designed for particular metal or gem types, including diamonds. Ask our pros about which kind of cleaner is best for your ring and will not risk any damage.
- Boiled water: If you’re just performing basic cleaning and prefer not to purchase a specific cleaner, you can oil water and add just a little bit of liquid dish soap. Soak the ring in the solution for just two or three minutes – no longer, as too much more heat exposure can hurt the metal or wear it down. Once the ring is done soaking, brush it gently around the entire surface area with either a soft brush or a toothbrush. Scrub as lightly as you can to avoid loosening any stones, and be sure to also clean underneath the stone. From here, let the ring air dry or pat it down with a microfiber cloth.
For more on cleaning and maintaining your ring, or to learn about any of our custom diamond rings or engagement jewelry, speak to the staff at AAA Jewelers today.