This is a question often uttered or at least thought by everyone who wants their engagement ring to both look its best and stay in perfect sparkling condition.  We also sometimes hear the question, “Will frequent cleaning damage my engagement ring?” The answer is no, as long as you clean your ring the correct way.

Using the correct, effective, safe tools, is imperative for the proper cleaning of your engagement ring.  As with anything that we wear on a daily basis, our bridal jewelry collects dirt daily. For the most impressive sparkle, your engagement ring needs to be clean.  After all, the sparkle and brilliance of our jewelry comes from light that passes through and bounces back from our pieces. Imagine a large, crystal clear window.  Perfectly clean, it is beautiful and stunning! As soon as someone smudges it with a set of grimy prints, the beauty is marred. Your diamond jewelry is no different.  One speck of dust, a fingerprint, soap, lotion and make-up residue and the beauty of your bridal jewelry is diminished too.

How to prevent this?  Cleanliness! At least once per week, you should use safe, effective, appropriate cleaners on your engagement ring.  This will prevent buildup and keep your ring looking its best for its lifetime. Twice yearly, it’s a good idea to have your ring cleaned and inspected professionally.  This will ensure that you are aware of any issues such as loose stones or other problems that need repairing as well as keep your ring sparkling.

One thing to be sure of is to not use harsh abrasive or chemical cleansers on your ring. Many commercially available cleaners are not safe to use on fine jewelry. Be sure to use a cleaner that is safe and gentle.  Not sure? To be on the safe side, you can use a mild, liquid dish detergent intended for hand washing dishes. (Never the automatic dish wash liquids that also contain chlorine and abrasives.) Simply use a tiny drop in some warm (not hot) water.  Soak your ring and if necessary, you can use a soft toothbrush to scrub in the nooks and crannies. Rinse, and pat dry with a clean, soft, lint-free cloth. Using this method, you can clean your ring as frequently as you like safely! Of course, prevention helps too.  Don’t wear your ring to clean, apply make-up and hair color, garden or other activities that could dirty or damage it.

When in doubt, call your jeweler and get it in for a professional cleaning.  They’ll also be able to advise you on best practices for your specific lab created engagement ring, especially if you have something unique, delicate or unusually difficult to clean.