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Jan 26, 2023
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How to clean my engagement ring and diamond jewellery

It is natural for rings to accumulate dirt and grime when worn daily. This article aims to provide insight into the cleaning of rings and offer helpful tips to keep your diamond engagement ring and other jewellery looking brand new.




Dirt and grime can accumulate in your ring through various means, but the most common reason is due to diamonds' tendency to attract oil and grease from hand creams, body lotions, moisturizers, and sunscreens. As these substances coat the diamond, the sparkle and brilliance of your jewellery can be diminished. Moreover, the grease that seeps into the ring's crevices can attract dust and dirt, further diminishing the ring's appearance.




One of the most straightforward yet effective ways to clean your diamond ring and other jewellery at home is by using regular dishwashing liquid and warm water. This cleaning method is convenient and doesn't require any specialized or expensive tools. Start by filling a cup with warm water and adding a drop or two of dishwashing liquid. Next, use a soft toothbrush to gently but thoroughly clean your jewellery, paying close attention to the area underneath the diamond.


This method is not only home-friendly but also quick, taking only 10 to 40 seconds to clean, depending on the level of dirt.

Tip: Regularly cleaning your ring and other jewellery is acceptable, as long as you take care not to leave any scratches by brushing gently.

Tip: If you haven't cleaned your ring or jewellery in a while, or if there is a significant buildup of dirt or grease, don't panic. You can simply soak the jewellery in boiling water with some dishwashing liquid for five minutes before brushing it. This will help to loosen any dirt or grime that may have accumulated and make it easier to clean.



A more specialized method for cleaning your jewellery is using ultrasonic vibrations. However, this method may not be accessible to everyone as it requires an ultrasonic cleaning machine to function. To briefly explain what ultrasonic cleaning is and how it works, it involves using high-frequency sound waves to create tiny bubbles in a liquid solution. These bubbles then implode, releasing energy that can clean and remove dirt from the jewellery.


If you are interested in using ultrasonic cleaning, there are two options available. When using an ultrasonic cleaning machine, it produces high-energy vibrations that are transmitted to the object being cleaned. These vibrations then travel through the water to the submerged ring or jewellery, breaking down or dislodging any stubborn deposits. However, it's important to note that the high-pitched noise produced by the ultrasonic cleaning machine may be grating to those with sensitive hearing.

Option 1

Purchasing an ultrasonic machine is the easiest and most convenient option. This machine is known for being durable and long-lasting, making it a sound investment. Additionally, operating the machine is simple, and it has almost no running cost, as only water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid are required. An ultrasonic machine is relatively affordable and costs around $40, depending on the brand. However, it is essential to read the safety precautions and instruction manual before using the machine.


Option 2

It may be a good idea, depending on where you live, to take your ring or jewellery to a local jeweller who will usually 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: Off-brand ultrasonic machines are just as efficient as branded ones.