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How to Clean Diamonds in Your Wedding Ring

Think back to that moment he asked you to marry him. He opened that little box and the diamonds in the ring sparkled and shined. Fast forward a few years. You don’t clean your ring as often, the diamonds are a little dull and desperately need attention.

Maybe your wedding ring is in perfect condition but you need to figure out how to clean diamonds in a very special family necklace. Can you get diamonds to shine like they once did when your great-grandmother wore it?

Diamonds are meant to be beautiful and exquisite. Even a smudge of grease or natural oils from your hand can dull a diamonds’ reflection. So what exactly does it take to keep those diamonds looking like they just stepped out of the jewelry store?

how to clean diamonds in a ring

Let’s take a look at how to clean diamonds.

Professional jeweler:

I’ve found that the absolute best way to clean jewelry is to take it to a professional jeweler.

First, the jeweler polishes and buffs your ring to get all those scratches out.

Then they soak your diamond ring in a machine filled with cleaning solution sends utra-sonic vibrations through the solution to dislodge dirt and debris from your ring. Sometimes this is the only way the area in between the prongs and my diamond wedding ring can get clean! 

Lastly, they put your diamond ring under a heavy stream of steam for one final cleaning.

It comes out sparkling!

At home:

Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner - Did you know you can actually purchase an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner? I just found out about these and they are definitely affordable if you have a lot of jewelry to clean. 

Rubbing Alcohol - I’ve personally cleaned my diamond wedding ring by filling up the cap of a rubbing alcohol container with isopropyl alcohol and submerging the diamond in the solution. After the ring has soaked for a few minutes, I scrub it with an old toothbrush.

The diamond comes out sparkling almost as much as taking it to a professional jeweler! 

However, if you’d rather use a gentler method for cleaning your most precious stone, here’s a cleaning solution you might want to try:

Step 1:

Using a small bowl, fill with 1 cup of warm water and a few drops of mild liquid detergent.

Step 2:

Using a soft bristle brush, gently scrub the diamond using the mixture you made.

Step 3:

Rinse with warm water and dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.

Other Little Gems:

Avoid cleaning your diamonds near a sink!! If you must, just make sure the drain is plugged and that you use a plastic or mesh strainer.

Never use products that contain chlorine because they could harm the jewelry, even though not the diamond.

Because ammonia and ultrasonic cleaners can damage other stones, do not use if the piece of jewelry contains stones other than diamonds.

I’ve heard several recommendations to remove your diamond jewelry before getting in a chlorinated pool or hot tub. 

I’m not one who has a lot of diamonds, but I do have one very important one in my wedding ring. If you are a fancy jewelry gal or just want to keep your wedding ring in mint condition, give it a good cleaning every once in a while. Then take a stroll down memory lane!

So tell me…how do you clean diamonds in your wedding ring?

Need more cleaning tips? Visit our cleaning jewelry category.

Disclosure: As always, tips found on this site are like those you would get from a friend. Seek professional advice before cleaning something valuable. Affiliate links are included. You can view my disclosure policy here.