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How to Clean Your Engagement Ring 

An engagement ring will most likely be one of the most valuable pieces of jewellery you own. Just as you would take care of a precious car you own with regular cleaning, you would do the same with an engagement ring.

The problem is because every ring is different, you may not know which approach to take to keep your ring in tip-top shape. Here are some tips on how to clean your engagement ring. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is once you identify the right method for you.

Cleaning a Silver or Gold Diamond Engagement Ring
If you have a silver or gold diamond engagement ring, then there are a few ingredients to pick up from the supermarket. You’ll need hydrogen peroxide and a gentle glass cleaning product. Mix a 50/50 solution of hydrogen peroxide and glass cleaner in a bowl.

Soak your ring in it for around a quarter of an hour to remove dirt and bacteria. Once you’ve finished soaking it, scrub it carefully with a soft toothbrush to remove any residue. You can then rinse it under lukewarm water and dry it off with a soft cloth.

Cleaning a Silver Diamond Engagement Ring
Given that an engagement ring is a piece of jewellery you wear a lot, it’s bound to take on dirt, grime, and bacteria. Take care of that with vinegar and baking soda.

Add two tablespoons of baking soda and half a cup of white vinegar to a bowl and mix it until the baking soda dissolves. Soak your ring in the solution for up to three hours. Rinse it under cold water then use a soft cloth to dry it.

Alternatively, you could try the ketchup or tomato sauce method if you notice that your silver ring is tarnished. Soak your ring in a small amount of tomato sauce for a few minutes, then use a soft toothbrush to get into the crevices. Rinse it with lukewarm water and dry it.

Cleaning a Solid Gold Diamond Engagement Ring
Have you noticed that your solid gold ring doesn’t look as vibrant as it once did? Pour a small volume of beer onto a soft cloth and gently rub it into the band. Avoid getting beer on the diamonds or stones and do not use dark ale beer. After using beer on the band, wipe it off with a towel.

What Not to Use While Cleaning Your Diamond Engagement Ring
Not every cleaning method is going to be right for every ring or piece of jewellery. Even some of these methods above may not be right for your ring.

Avoid harsh chemicals such as acetone, bleach, and chlorine. Never use a hard-bristled brush that could scratch your diamonds. Toothpaste, baking soda, and powdered cleaners can also scratch surfaces when used to scrub a piece of jewellery.

Even if you are buying a jewellery cleaning product from a shop, it pays to be careful. Some contain abrasive materials or chemicals that could damage your ring. When in doubt, ask your local jeweller to take care of the regular cleaning of your jewellery.

There are options galore for how to clean your engagement rings. These can differ for different ring types and metals. If you’re unsure which ring cleaning solutions are right for you, seek advice from your local jeweller.