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How To Maintain and Clean Your Engagement Ring and Jewelry

Gems love dust, fingerprints, dirt and water. and by nature have properties that make them sticky and prone to attracting surface grime. These rare gems can get dirty rather quickly and if not cared for properly can have a negative impact on your once special ring.  When a special ring is contaminated it loses it sparkle/brilliance because it becomes clouded with debris and light that was freely traveling in and out of the diamond to create its sparkle. Watch along with this video to learn how to clean your engagement ring and read below for more!

After a while without cleaning, your center diamond can appear as if it is low quality because of dirt buildup turning it a yellowish brown tint.  Keep in mind this does not actually change the quality of the stone; the cut, color and clarity is inherent in the diamond and any surface buildup just changes the appearance temporarily. Most of the dirt builds up on the surface of the stone, but more detrimental and unbeknownst to the wearer, is on the underside of the ring. Here are a few tips to keeping you rings shining like the first day you go it:

How Your Ring Gets Dirty

-Do not shower with your ring, apply lotions, or wash hands frequently. Creams and soaps will create a film on your diamond and hard water will also leave water spots on the diamond from frequent washing. This also goes for applying makeup with your fingers while your ring is on, cooking, etc... Essentially anything touching the ring can add to the dirt.

-Do not engage in physical activities like going to the gym with your ring on.  Not only will it dirty it can become easily damaged as well.

-Touch the ring as minimally as possible. Our hands have natural oils in them and carry dirt that diamonds are attracted to. When you touch the ring often it will leave a build up on the surface.  If you do need to take it on and off hold it gently from the band area. Do not take it off while touching the top of the stone as this will leave fingerprints and smudges.

How To Clean Your Engagement Ring at Home

Since it is very difficult to keep your ring clean at all times, cleaning at home is very simple! Here are some ways to clean your engagement ring and make it look brand new at home:

If you don't have jeweler cleaner just take some hot water and add a bit of liquid dish soap to a bowl or cup.   

Let the ring soak in the solution for about 2-3 minutes. Leaving it in longer can hurt the metal and may eat away at it with frequent use. After letting it soak, gently brush all around including the underside of the ring with a very soft brush or toothbrush.  Scrub gently as you do not want to jar any stones loose in the process. Make sure to clean well beneath the stone because there is a lot of build up there. Carefully brush the top of the ring along with the sides as well. Let it air try or pat it dry with a microfiber cloth and you are good to go! If you have a coffee maker that creates steam you can also leave the ring near the steam to loosen the dirt further.

At Lauren B we know how important it is for our client's ring to sparkle and look clean at all times. This is why with every purchase we do offer complimentary cleanings so feel free to stop by at any time!