Whether your sapphire and diamond ring is a symbol of love and commitment, or a beacon of sparkling self-expression, it deserves to shine bright. Everyday wear can leave behind a film of dirt on your ring, dulling its brilliance, but not to worry, maintaining your precious piece of jewelry is easier than you think. Here’s your guide to keeping your sapphire and diamond ring clean and radiating at its full potential.
How Do You Clean A Sapphire And Diamond Ring?
Diamonds and sapphires are tough stones, but not invincible, and all jewelry will require a little TLC from time to time. Aim to clean your ring once a week if you wear it daily. Regular cleaning prevents dirt build-up and keeps your ring sparkling, and it’s very simple to do. Here’s how to safely and effectively clean your ring.
- Warm, soapy water: Fill a small bowl with warm water and add a drop of mild dish soap (we like blue Dawn). Avoid harsh detergents or chemicals, as they can damage the metal or gemstones.
- Let your ring soak: Submerge your diamond ring for at least 20 minutes, allowing the solution to loosen dirt and grime. You can soak your sapphire ring, but we do not recommend soaking for longer than 15 minutes.
- Gently brush with a toothbrush: Use a dedicated soft-bristled toothbrush to gently scrub your ring, paying special attention to metal detailing and around the gemstones.
- Rinse thoroughly: Rinse your ring under warm running water, ensuring all the soap residue is gone.
- Dry with a soft cloth: Pat your ring dry with a soft, lint-free cloth, like a microfiber cloth used for glasses, or use a blowdryer. Avoid paper towels which can scratch the metal or gemstones.
We do not recommend using vinegar or any type of strong chemicals to clean your ring, as it can be damaging especially to gemstones. While convenient for some jewelry, ultrasonic cleaners can also damage gemstones and loosen settings, so we recommend you stick to the gentle hand-cleaning method. Consider taking your ring to a professional jeweler for a deeper clean every year or two; they can also check the integrity of the setting and ensure your gemstones are secure.
Since you’re not supposed to wear your ring in the shower, that’s a great time to let your ring soak in warm water and a little bit of soap. Once you get out of the tub, you can give it a little brush with a toothbrush, dry it off, and it will shine like the day you got it. Creating some sort of routine will ensure that you remember to clean your ring weekly.
What Should I Avoid Doing While Wearing My Engagement Ring?
You should always take off your engagement ring if you’re going to start doing something that requires a lot of hand power. Gardening, scrubbing dishes, lifting weights, you get the idea..it can be really hard to take off your ring once it’s on your finger, but it’s something you have to do to keep it shining! The last thing you would want is to chip a stone or scratch the metal. Removing your ring will also ensure the prongs or setting doesn’t get bumped, which could mean losing a diamond or gemstone.
You’ll want to avoid using hand sanitizer, lotions, and creams while wearing your engagement ring. These products leave a layer of residue on the gemstone or diamond making your stone look dull and feel dirty. This will also happen if you wear your ring in the shower because soap residue will build up on your ring.
When you need to remove your ring to cook, work out, or engage in an activity where you should not be wearing it, you can put it in a RingHero, which is a wristband pouch that makes it easy for you to store your ring and wear it around your wrist. That way you don’t have to worry about your ring if you put it in your pocket or have to leave it in a gym locker.