As the importance of staying healthy and germ-free continues to be a big part of our daily life, so should regular jewelry cleaning. We wear our jewelry to commemorate special memories and times – but they also can harbor the same kinds of germs we are all trying to avoid. Doing the dishes, doing household chores, and cooking dinner are all activities that could cause dirt and other daily items like lotion and hairspray to build up on your ring.
How often should I clean my ring?
If you’re wearing your ring at all times, a thorough cleaning once a month is a good rule to follow – although considering the current situation, there is nothing wrong with cleaning it daily! Many jewelers will also recommend regular professional cleaning at the jeweler in between your at-home cleanings. Be sure to inquire about cleaning services when you make your purchase. Most professional cleaning services are offered at no charge, and might even be required with some warranties or insurance policies.
What should I avoid when wearing my diamond ring?
Bridal jewelry, such as engagement rings and wedding bands are typically worn daily and can appear like they’ve lost their sparkle if not cleaned on a regular basis. As a general rule, avoid these things when wearing your diamond jewelry:
- Putting on lotions
- Using gym equipment such as dumbbells or weights
- Painting of any kind
- Chlorinated pools and hot tubs
- Touching diamonds with your fingers, as smudges can affect a diamond’s luster and fire
Proceed with caution when using ultrasonic cleaners, as only certain gemstones can handle the ultrasonic vibrations. It’s best to leave this type of cleaning to the professionals just to be safe.
How do I clean my diamond ring at home?
You can make your own diamond cleaning solution at home using white vinegar and baking soda. Mix about 2 tablespoons into a small bowl of white vinegar until it’s thoroughly dissolved.
Follow these steps to give your ring a thorough at-home cleaning:
STEP 1: Use your fingernail to inspect each jewel, making sure no stones are loose. This is especially important for rings with many small stones.
STEP 2: Use a polishing cloth to polish the metal.
STEP 3: Soak your ring in your homemade solution for 2-3 hours.
STEP 4: Use a very soft toothbrush or a jewelry cleaning brush to gently buff.
STEP 5: Rinse with warm water andpat dry.
With all of this extra time at home, it’s a perfect opportunity to open up your jewelry box and give your gems a little T.L.C. At-home cleanings will give your jewelry its sparkle back.
If you have questions, contact the experts at Padis Jewelry, and we will be happy to provide all the information you need to help you keep your jewelry in great shape. You can also join us virtually online and get a personalized view with our jewelry concierges!
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By Steve Padis, Padis Jewelry and The Broadway Plaza Forevermark Boutique