How To Clean Your Diamond Rings

Posted on: 29 October 2015

Diamond rings can lose their sparkle over time, and having your gems professionally cleaned can be very expensive.  However, you can do a great job yourself using items that you'll already have around your home. 

Here's how to clean your diamond rings at home.

What you'll need

  • water
  • metal saucepan
  • fork
  • kitchen towel
  • muslin cloth
  • toothpaste
  • soft toothbrush
  • dry, clean, non-lint cloth
  • glass cleaning fluid

How to do it

  1. Place a small quantity of water into a metal saucepan and heat it until it is boiling.  
  2. Reduce the heat until the water is just simmering.  Place your diamond rings into the pan of boiling water, cover the pan, and leave it on the heat for a few minutes.  Don't be concerned that the boiling water will ruin your diamonds!  Diamonds are extremely hard and are non-porous, so the water won't damage them.  The boiling water softens any greasy sediment that might be trapped around the stones or in between the metal setting.  The gentle vibration caused by the simmering water will also help to dislodge any stubborn grime from your rings.  
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat, and use a fork to lift out the diamond rings.  Set the rings aside on some kitchen towel and allow them to cool. 
  4. Check the rings carefully to make sure that no stones are missing.  
  5. Put the plug into the sink, and pour away the leftover hot water, straining it through a piece of muslin cloth.  Check the cloth to make sure that no stones are caught in it before throwing it away.  When you're happy that all your diamonds are accounted for, remove the plug and allow the water to drain away.  
  6. Place some toothpaste onto the rings.  Use a soft toothbrush to work the toothpaste over the diamonds.  
  7. When you've finished cleaning the stones, put the plug into the sink, and run the rings under cold water to remove the toothpaste. Use your fingers or the clean toothbrush.  
  8. Next, use a dry, clean cloth to wipe the excess water from your rings and then leave them to dry on a piece of kitchen towel.  Use a cloth that's lint-free to prevent bits of fibre from becoming trapped in the rings' settings.  
  9. Finish off by spraying a small amount of glass cleaner onto a clean non-lint cloth and polishing up your diamonds.

In conclusion

It's quick and easy to clean your diamond rings at home by simply following the above guidelines.  Check your rings after cleaning to make sure that no stones have come loose before you wear them. For more information, contact a local jeweler. 

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