How to clean your diamond ring: information you need to know.
A diamond ring is usually the most beautiful thing on your finger, and you probably want to preserve its shine. Whether it's in yellow or white gold, modern or classic, if you're wondering how to take care of it, if the question "But how do I clean my diamond ring? "then you've come to the right place! As each precious material has its own characteristics, it is important to know how to clean them, so as not to risk damaging the jewel.
Cleaning the diamond ring at home
You may not want to go out of your way and spend money on a task you can do yourself, so you may be interested in some practical tips.
Cleaning a diamond engagement ring is relatively simple, requiring only a few steps: start by immersing the jewelry in warm water mixed with soap, then use a small brush to scrub it. A soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste will do the trick. Your goal will be to degrease the ring and remove most of the impurities. Then rinse and wipe with a soft cloth, rather than a paper towel.
This works well for yellow gold, rose gold and diamonds, but is not recommended for white gold, and should not be done if the piece is too damaged to ensure that it does not deteriorate further. A rose gold ring can be cleaned with an ammonia solution and a wet cloth. Finally, in the case of platinum, the same artisanal treatment as for yellow gold and diamonds can be used.
Baking soda is an effective product often promoted by specialized sites, so you can safely use it instead of soapy water.
Cleaning a diamond ring at a diamond or jewelry store
This is without a doubt the safest way to restore the lost shine of your ring. A jewelry professional will be able to work safely and effectively on your piece. In fact, the use of special equipment for cleaning jewelry at home is generally not recommended: it is best left to an experienced jeweler.
If the frame is made of white gold, it may lose its luster and some of its coating after a few years and thus turn yellow. Rhodium plating, a process that aims to restore the white gold jewelry, should be done every 5 years or so.
Like any specialist in his field, the diamond dealer or jeweler has the necessary knowledge to help you take care of your white, yellow, pink or platinum diamond ring, and to give you some additional advice. Of course, he will also be able to repair the jewel if necessary, so don't hesitate to call on his expertise.
How often should a diamond ring be cleaned?
The question may seem surprising, because it is generally believed that a diamond can be cleaned at will, especially in view of the resistance displayed by this type of gemstone, reputed to be the hardest in the world.
You must however pay attention to the setting, which is more fragile, and must be cleaned with more delicacy. It is not necessary to clean your ring every week, once every two or three months is absolutely sufficient, and even longer, if you apply the following tips.
How to take care of your diamond ring ?
First of all, it is important to choose a resistant setting, able to preserve the quality of the diamond which is encrusted there. The maintenance will be easier and the life of the jewel will be longer.
Secondly, there is a whole list of small daily gestures that can help your diamond ring. Avoid contact with chlorine when you wear it, and put it in a safe place whenever necessary, such as when swimming at the local pool. Also, it is more than advisable to leave it on before cleaning, especially if you have to use household products such as bleach, but also before washing the dishes. Finally, avoid washing your hands too often with the ring on your finger.
It is absolutely necessary to have an appropriate storage box or a special pouch: this also applies to other jewellery such as necklaces. This protection will be appreciated if you travel - to prevent your ring from getting scratched - or during the night, when you put it down before sleeping.
How to keep the shine of your diamond ring?
Here we come back to the first point mentioned in this article. So let's take this opportunity to summarize and add some tips.
In order to preserve the brilliance of your ring, whatever the precious materials it is made of (white, yellow or pink gold, platinum, set with diamonds), you must keep it away from greasy or corrosive products, such as sanitary products, and remove it every time you are about to handle these products. Safe storage is an added bonus, and even a must, to avoid falls and exposure to the elements, especially when traveling.
A regular washing/cleaning every two to three months, and following the care instructions, will suffice for basic maintenance. Finally, as not mentioned, avoid using hand lotions and creams when wearing the ring: this will eventually cause a layer of grease to be deposited on the setting and between the diamonds.
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