How To Clean Diamond Ring

how to clean diamond ring
Worthy Staff

By Worthy Staff | Feb 20th, 2020

Anyone who enjoys jewelry knows how important it is to clean diamond rings. After all, this is the best way to ensure that your treasures stay sparkly and bright. In this article, we cover how to keep your ring clean and a few things to avoid in order to keep your ring looking its very best.

 The Safest Method: Soap And Water

The easiest, safest way to clean your diamond ring is to use a weak solution of water and mild dishwashing soap (not to be confused with dishwasher detergent).

  1. In a shot glass or teacup, combine warm water and a drop of dish soap. Give it a quick stir with a spoon, and then gently place your ring in the bottom of the glass.
  2. Allow it to soak for about 15 minutes, and then use a soft toothbrush to gently whisk away any debris. If debris seems to be sticking, place the ring back in the solution for another 15 minutes and then give it another brushing.
  3. After you have cleaned your ring, rinse it with lukewarm water and give it a quick polishing with a soft, lint-free cloth.
clean your diamond ring with soap and water

Windex and Hydrogen Peroxide

If your ring has a gold, silver or platinum setting and diamonds only, you can clean it with Windex or a similar ammonia-based cleaner. Note: If you have a vintage diamond ring or a ring with colored stones, porous stones, or treated gems, it’s best to skip this treatment in favor of a basic soap and water soak.

  1.  In a small dish, mix up a 50/50 solution with window cleaner and hydrogen peroxide.
  2. Place your ring in the dish and let it sit for a few minutes before using a soft toothbrush to gently whisk the dirt away.
  3. If you’re in a pinch and have no hydrogen peroxide, you can clean your diamond ring with Windex only. Simply place it in the dish and give all sides a quick spritz.
  4. Let it sit for a few minutes, and then use a soft toothbrush to remove debris from the setting. After cleaning your diamond ring with hydrogen peroxide and/or Windex, give it a rinse with lukewarm water and follow up with a quick polishing.
clean your diamond ring with windex and hydrogen peroxide

Baking Soda and Vinegar

This mixture creates a compound that deep cleans stubborn build-up through its bubbling chemical reaction. It’s important, however, not to rub or scrub the ring with the solution as it could scratch the surface of the stone.

  1. Pour 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons baking soda into a shallow bowl.
  2. Soak the diamond ring in the solution for two to three hours. Then rinse your ring under cold water and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.
clean your diamond ring with baking soda and vinegar

Last but not least, be sure to close the drain when you rinse your ring under running water. If a stone comes loose during the cleaning process, you don’t want to lose it.

When deciding how to clean your diamond ring, keep safety in mind and take your time. With a gentle touch and just a little bit of mild soap, your favorite jewelry will regain its brilliant sparkle.

Cleaning a Diamond Ring: What Not To Do

Sell a diamond ring with Worthy

Worthy Staff

Worthy Staff

The Worthy Blog is a place for inspiration, insight, and advice for all things surrounding life's greatest transitions - divorce, losing a loved one, retirement, and so much more. You can find us on our blog, Instagram, and Facebook.


©2011-2024 Worthy, Inc. All rights reserved.
Worthy, Inc. operates from 25 West 45th St., 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10036