Keeping your jewelry clean is one of the most important things you can do for your gemstones and metal settings. Not only is a cleaned ring more gorgeous, but it also ensures that your stone and setting are safe and secure. Having a routine to keep your ring clean can also help you spot any damage, loose stones or cracks more quickly after wear so that you can bring your ring to a jeweler for a professional cleaning before it becomes more damaged.
There are a number of ring cleaners on the market, but a lot of them contain chemicals that can actually tarnish your ring rather than make it sparkle. Harsh cleaners such as bleach and acetone can eat away at the precious metals in your ring and leave it dull and discolored, while toothpaste and powdered cleaning agents can be abrasive and scratch your ring and diamond. In addition, abrasive scrubbers can damage your stone or even knock a diamond out of its setting.
While many people are eager to purchase a special ring cleaner, the truth is that your ring can be cleaned using everyday items found in your home! The best way to clean your ring is to soak it in warm water and mild dishwashing soap for 20-40 minutes. Soaking your ring in this solution can help remove buildup from hairspray, lotion, makeup, perfume, etc. You can then gently brush your ring with a soft bristle toothbrush and rinse thoroughly until clean.
If your ring is a little more dirty or you have a harder time getting it clean with a soft brush, try soaking it in a bowl of very warm water mixed with a few drops of dishwashing liquid. Allow it to sit for a few minutes and then use a soft brush to get rid of any stuck on residue. You can then rinse until the ring is clean and dry it with a soft cloth or paper towel.
Alternatively, you can use a solution made with half Windex and half hydrogen peroxide to clean your ring. This solution will help to dissolve any residue and oily build-up on your ring and is antibacterial as well. Soak your ring in this solution for about 30-40 minutes and then use a soft bristle toothbrush to brush it and remove any remaining residue. This solution can be used on all metals and gems, including silver and gold. Just avoid using it on opals, pearls or any other soft gemstones. You can also use this solution on delicate pieces of jewelry, such as earrings and necklaces.