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How To Clean Diamond Rings At Home

April 4th, 2024

The internet and social media are sometimes excellent places to learn DIY methods for many things, but when it comes to jewelry cleaning, some at home jewelry cleaning tips may be more harmful than helpful. When cleaning your diamond rings at home, here are some things to keep in mind.

Do: These are things we recommend doing or using for cleaning jewelry at home

  • Use a diamond polishing cloth

Polishing cloths are excellent for bringing back the shine in your diamond ring. 

  • Use a soft-bristled brush

Using a soft brush can help remove dirt and debris from your ring without scratching the metal plating. 

  • Use jewelry cleaner or a diamond cleaning pen

A jewelry cleaner can help give your ring that extra shine, especially if followed with a polishing cloth. If you are looking to purchase a jewelry cleaning pen or jewelry cleaning solution, James & Sons sells trusted products for cleaning your jewelry at home.

  • Use gentle dish soap and warm water

This is a very common tried and true method for cleaning jewelry. Just be sure the water isn’t too hot, and that the soap doesn’t contain moisturizer that can leave a film on your jewelry.

Don't: Here’s what we do not recommend using for jewelry cleaning at home 

  • Nail Polish Remover (Acetone) 

Nail polish remover contains acetone, which will break down the plating on your jewelry.

  • Toothpaste

Toothpaste can damage your diamond ring, scratching the metal and damaging your diamond with its corrosive properties. 

  • Baking Soda 

You may have heard that baking soda is an excellent cleaning agent, however, it is quite abrasive and can scratch your jewelry. Best to keep the baking soda in the kitchen.

  • Anything with Bleach

Bleach is another common household cleaner, but it is very harsh and can break down the metal in your jewelry. 

  • Anything with Vinegar 

Vinegar can be a great disinfectant, but not for your jewelry. It can eat away at the shine and finish of your diamond ring. 

  • Boiling water

Metals can react to different temperatures, and when you put a piece of metal jewelry in boiling water, you risk the metal expanding and contracting, loosening the diamonds in your ring. 

  • Anything containing lotion or cream

Not only can products with lotion discolor your jewelry, but they tend to leave behind a film making your jewelry appear dirtier than when you started the cleaning process.

Here at James & Sons, we have jewelry cleaning items for sale such as polishing cloths, jewelry cleaning pens, and a jewelry cleaner that comes with a soft bristle brush. If you ever have questions about jewelry cleaning recommendations we are happy to help you answer them. We offer professional cleaning services at our jewelry stores in Chicago, Naperville, Orland Park, and Schererville. At home jewelry cleaning should be done between professional jewelry cleanings and inspections to ensure that your jewelry stays in good condition.