Here’s How You Should Be Cleaning Your Diamonds and Gold Jewelry at Home

‘Engagement season’ is really a thing, and during the holidays you should have noticed an unusual influx of diamonds and glowing couples on your feed. “The term ‘engagement season’ has been coined in the US, to mark the period when there’s an increased spike in the number of engagements. This happens from late November until February.” (Teen Vogue)

There are few things in this world more captivating than watching your new engagement ring sparkle in the sunlight. Of course, you can take it in to get professionally polished and cleaned, but you can also thoroughly care for it right at home.

For all the new fiancé’s, who want to maintain probably their most expensive and sentimental piece of jewelry, take note of this advice:

1. If your ring has been dirtied by common cosmetics—for example, hairspray, lotion, makeup, or perfume—a simple at-home cleaning will bring back its sparkle. “The best way to clean diamond rings is to make a solution with warm water (almost hot) and dishwashing soap. Soak your ring for about 20 to 40 minutes, gently brush the stone with a very soft toothbrush, and then rinse under warm running water.”

2. Equally important, for drying off your ring, avoid paper towels; they can actually scratch the metal. Instead, use a soft cloth made of cotton or let it air dry.

3. As far as how often you should clean, once a week is enough to keep any oil and residue under control.

4. Do not use any household cleaners, or chemicals such as bleach, chlorine, and acetone. These are also often found in jewelry polishers and can break down some of the metals in your ring and cause discoloration. Non-abrasive and chemical-free is key!

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