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How to Clean a Diamond Ring at Home
There are many old wives’ tales regarding the best way to make a diamond sparkle, and how to clean rings in particular – which attract lots of dust and debris from being worn on the hand, and are usually worn more often than other items of jewellery. Especially diamond solitaire rings, as these are often worn as engagement rings and are therefore worn on a daily basis.
Ensure that the back of the ring setting is given plenty of attention, as opposed to only cleaning the surface of the face of the diamond – the setting of the ring is the part which is closest to the skin, and therefore will inevitably be the part of the ring which collects the dirt and any ephemera.
What is Best to use for Diamond Cleaning?
A soft-bristled toothbrush is the best piece of equipment that we can suggest for thorough cleaning, akin to the type which is recommended for younger children. The bristles will allow you to clean effectively around all facets and types of settings, whilst not being abrasive or harmful in any way.
The big no-no with cleaning diamond jewellery is using any product containing bleach or a corrosive solution that is used for cleaning any other type of surface, as this can damage the diamond and the metal setting; this damage would be irreversible.
One traditional concept is to use a strong, clear grain based alcohol such as vodka or gin to clean a diamond. The science behind this theory is that the high level of ethanol, as a solvent, will chemically remove any stray dirt that is on the surface of the diamond or is trapped inside the setting of the ring.
Another traditional solution to many cleaning quandaries is baking soda; when combined with water a thick paste is formed, becoming a fantastic product for cleaning diamonds and the metal settings of the rings. As with all cleaning, it is best to rinse thoroughly with warm water to remove any residue.
In our opinion, one of the better ways to clean a diamond solitaire ring is to use soap diluted with water, using any kind of regular household soap, such as washing up liquid or hand soap. As with any type of cleaning, leaving the jewellery to soak is preferable, as this loosens any solidified particles in hard to reach areas.
The best and most meticulous method of cleaning a diamond solitaire ring is to take your jewellery to your jeweller to have the diamonds settings checked, as well as having it professionally cleaned using an ultrasonic system. An ultrasonic system is a specialised tank which is filled with liquid – which the jewellery is submersed in – and which then produces high frequency sound waves, which can disturb and remove the tiniest dirt particles from normally unreachable parts of the jewellery.
Here at AC Silver we are proud to be a retailer which offers this service free of charge to all of our customers, encouraging our clients to return to us for further product-care, cleaning and checking their jewellery professionally, ensuring that it is in the best possible condition and maintains its sparkle for as long as possible!