Diamond Care Guide
Diamond Care Guide from the Experts at Rumanoff’s Jewelry
Your engagement ring will be one of the most expensive pieces of jewelry you will ever own and probably the most meaningful. Because of this, it is crucial to know how to care for your precious engagement ring properly and preserve its beauty. That's where our guide comes in.
When To Take Off Your Diamond Ring
The first step is to avoid wearing your diamond engagement ring during all hand-heavy activities like working out, cleaning, and cooking. Materials used in diamond jewelry are relatively soft, meaning that unnecessary pressure on these metals can potentially change their shape and risk compromising the security of the stones set in them.
Things like swimming, showering, moisturizing, and cleaning will also potentially expose your ring to products and chemicals that could diminish the brilliance and dull your diamonds over time or cause your ring to slip off and get lost. Beware of harsh chemicals like bleach or ammonia that can potentially alter your ring's stone or setting color.
How To Clean a Diamond Ring at Home
If your ring has been dirtied by daily wear or everyday cosmetics like makeup or lotion, a simple at-home cleaning solution of soap and water will be sufficient to restore its brilliant sparkle. Soak your ring in warm water and dish soap for 20-40 minutes, gently brushing the stone with a very soft toothbrush to loosen debris, and rinse under warm running water. And that's it! Simple, yet effective.
Avoid using certain at-home cleaning products such as baking soda, powdered cleaners, and other abrasive options. Although these products are ideal for cleaning around the house, with used on diamond jewelry they can compromise the durability of your treasured piece.
What Not To Use When Cleaning Your Diamond Ring
Diamonds are famous for their strength, but that doesn't mean harsh chemicals and abrasive materials should ever be used to clean them. Only the softest brushes are suitable to use directly on the diamond as hard bristles and scrub pads may scratch the stone, dulling its sparkle.
Likewise, abrasive cleaners like baking soda or toothpaste can damage gold bands which are very easily scratched. Bleach, chlorine, and acetone can also break down the metal of your ring. When purchasing a cleaner, choose one without abrasive chemicals or ingredients. Some substances can be gentle enough for the ring but could discolor your diamond.
How Often Should You Clean Your Ring?
To keep your ring looking its best, aim to clean it at least once a month. That's enough to keep everyday oil and buildup at bay. Twice a year, however, it is a good idea to have it professionally cleaned by your local jewelry retailer. Doing this is particularly important if you are active outdoors and choose to wear your ring.
Professional Cleaning Services at Rumanoff’s Jewelry
When in doubt, it is best to let a professional handle the cleaning of your diamond engagement ring at Rumanoff's Jewelry. We have been servicing people's precious items since 1938 in New Haven County. In addition to our jewelry cleaning services, we provide custom jewelry design. We are more than confident that we can help you with your specific needs. Contact us today for more information on how to maintain your jewelry.