Your engagement ring represents a significant investment, so you want to keep it looking its best. When you notice your diamond ring is covered in film and lacks the shiny brilliance it once had, you will probably want to clean it, but you also want to avoid damaging your ring. There is a right way and a wrong way to clean a diamond ring.

Can I use toothpaste to clean my ring?

The short answer is no. Toothpaste is not a good option for cleaning your ring. Toothpaste contains scrubbing particles to polish your teeth, but these particles are often harder than the metals in your ring, especially gold or white gold. Using toothpaste on your jewelry could cause scratches or pitting in the metal. While toothpaste usually won’t damage the diamond itself, it could damage other stones in your ring or even the setting itself. Damage to the metal in the setting could loosen the precious stones, causing further damage to the ring.

How should I clean my ring?

A better way to clean your ring is to soak it in a solution of warm water and dish soap, then gently scrub it with a soft toothbrush. It is important to rinse your ring very well after scrubbing it, because the soap could leave a film once it dries. It is also a good idea to have your ring professionally cleaned at least once per year.

How would a professional clean my ring?

A jeweler will usually use a machine that uses ultrasonic waves to dislodge the dirt and buildup on the ring. The jeweler may also hold the ring under a stream of steam to clean the particles off of the ring. You can often choose the method you would prefer them to use.

It is important to have your ring professionally cleaned at least once a year to ensure that hard-to-reach grit is removed and cannot damage the setting of your ring. If you are interested in having your ring cleaned, contact us for an appointment.