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Your engagement ring is undoubtedly the most valuable piece of jewellery that you own, for it is closest to your heart. It is the physical token of the undying commitment and love from your partner and it only makes sense that you never want to part from it. You want to wear it all the time while keeping it in the best condition. A lot of people, however, complain about not being able to maintain the shine for long. It is understandable because people wear engagement rings all the time and due to moisture, air, dust and pollution, your engagement ring can tend to lose its shine. Well, you need not worry as long as WeddingBazaar is at your assistance, here are some tips to maintain your engagement ring! What's better is that we will be talking about silver, gold and diamond rings.

So, scroll down and learn all about bringing back the shine to your precious engagement ring!

Effective Tips to Clean Your Engagement Rings

With a variety of stones, metals, and settings, each engagement ring is one-of-a-kind. Before you start cleaning your wedding ring, make sure you know what kind of maintenance it needs. However, regardless of the method that you chose, the best approach to completely clean an engagement ring at home is to be careful and patient while doing so. Another thing to make a note of is to never use sharp objects to remove any particle on your ring to avoid tarnishing it. Your engagement ring deserves to be cleaned with some tender love and care. With that being said, let's learn some methods that you can employ to clean your silver engagement ring at home.

#WB Tip: We strongly recommend that you get your engagement ring cleaned professionally twice a year. 

Effective Tips to Clean Your Silver Engagement Ring

Silver engagement rings have the prettiest lustre to them. However, silver is petty fragile at the same time and can get tarnished easily. This is why you must take special care of your silver engagement rings. Luckily, cleaning silver rings at home is pretty simple. Let's go over some ways to do it!

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1. Using Dishwashing Soap & Water

Step 1. To prepare the solution, mix very warm water and basic dishwashing soap in a small dish.

Step 2: Soak it for 20 to 40 minutes.

Step 3: After soaking the ring, remove any residue using a soft brush.

Step 4: Under warm running water, rinse the ring.

Step 5: After washing your ring, make sure to dry it using a microfiber cloth.

2. Using Salt Water & Aluminium Foils

Step 1: Take a bowl and coat it with aluminium foil.

Step 2: Add a cup of hot water and a tablespoon full of salt to the aluminium foil-coated bowl.

Step 3: Submerge the ring completely in the aluminium foil-coated bowl with the solution for 5 minutes.

Step 4: Take out the ring and wash it with cold water. 

Step 5: Dry the ring using a microfiber cloth.

3. Using Toothpaste

Step 1: Find a tartar control toothpaste as it has a greater quantity of hydrated silica which is a great ingredient for polishing silver. 

Step 2: Apply a pea-sized amount of toothpaste all over your silver ring. 

Step 3: Scrub it using a soft-bristled brush for 5 to 10 minutes.

Step 4: Wash the ring properly using cold water. 

Step 5: Use a microfiber cloth to dry the ring. 

4. Using Baking Soda & Water

Step 1: Prepare a paste of baking soda and water that's both thick and wet. 

Step 2: Coat your ring with this paste for 5 minutes. 

Step 3: Use a soft-bristled brush to clean the ring for another 5 minutes.

Step 4: Clean the ring using cold water and dry it with a microfiber cloth.

5. Using Lemon Juice & Olive Oil

Step 1: Add half a cup of lemon juice to one tablespoon of olive oil.

Step 2: Dip a piece of cloth in the mixture and gently scrub the ring with it for 5 minutes. 

Step 3: Wash the ring with lukewarm warm. 

Step 4: Dry the ring using a microfiber cloth.

Effective Tips to Clean Your Gold Engagement Ring

Gold engagement rings are pretty strong and have the warmest glow to them. However, like any jewellery, your gold rings can collect dust and bacteria over time. It is important to clean them from time to time. You can easily clean your gold engagement ring at home using any of the following methods!

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1. Using Boiling Water

Step 1: All you need to clean your gold engagement ring is boiling water in a bowl.

Step 2: Submerge your gold engagement ring in the bowl.

Step 3: Take your ring out once the water has cooled down to room temperature. 

Step 4: Use running water to wash the ring.

Step 5: Dry the ring using a microfiber cloth.

2. Using A Soapy Towel

Step 1: Make a paste of dish soap and water.

Step 2: Dip a small towel in this paste and scrub your gold engagement ring with it.

Step 3: Wash the ring with cold water. 

Step 4: Use a microfiber cloth to dry the ring. 

3. Using Beer

Step 1: All that you need to do is to pour some beer into a towel. 

Step 2: Gently scrub off any dirt on your ring with the towel. 

Step 3: Wash the ring using warm water. 

Step 4: Wipe and dry it with the help of a microfiber cloth. 

4. Using Tamarind Paste

Step 1: Take some tamarind paste and dip your gold engagement ring in it. 

Step 2: Let it soak for about 20 minutes. 

Step 3: Now scrub it gently using a soft-bristled brush. 

Step 4: Wash your ring with cold water.

Step 5: Dry the ring using a microfiber cloth. 

5. Using Hydrogen Peroxide

Step 1: Pour a little liquid hydrogen peroxide into a bowl.  

Step 2: Soak your gold engagement ring in it for 20 minutes. 

Step 3: Take the ring out of the bowl using a pair of tongs as hydrogen peroxide is not safe enough to be touched with bare hands. 

Step 4: Wash the ring using warm water. 

Step 5: Use a microfiber cloth to dry the ring. 

Effective Tips to Clean Your Diamond Engagement Ring

Diamond engagement rings shine the brightest when light touches them. Even though diamonds are one of the strongest substances on the planet, they are not prone to catching dust. Your diamond ring can lose its sparkle over time. So, you need to clean it properly at regular intervals with the help of any of these methods!

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1. Using Ketchup

Step 1: Coat your diamond engagement ring in ketchup and let it soak for 20 minutes.

Step 2: Use a soft-bristled brush to scrub the dirt off of your ring. 

Step 3: Wash your ring using warm water. 

Step 4: Dry the ring with the help of a microfiber cloth. 

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2. Using Alka Seltzer

Step 1: Add two Alka Seltzer tablets to a bowl of warm water.

Step 2: Let your diamond engagement ring soak in this mixture for 25 minutes. 

Step 3: Use cold water to wash the ring. 

Step 4: Make sure to dry the ring using a microfiber cloth.

3. Using Vinegar

Step 1: Pour half a cup of white vinegar into a bowl. 

Step 2: Dip your diamond engagement ring in the solution for 2-3 hours.

Step 3: Wash the ring using cold water. 

Step 4: Don't forget to dry the ring using a microfiber cloth.

4. Using Ammonium Hydroxide & Water

Step 1: Mix equal parts of ammonium hydroxide and cold tap water.

Step 2: Let your diamond engagement ring soak in this mixture for 10 minutes. 

Step 3: Use a pair of tongs to take the ring out of the solution as ammonium hydroxide can be harsh on skin. 

Step 4: Wash the ring with the help of cold water. 

Step 5: Dry it using a microfiber cloth.

5. Using Glass Cleaner

Step 1: Spray two tablespoons of glass cleaner into a bowl. 

Step 2: Soak your diamond engagement ring in this solution for 20 minutes.

Step 3: Scrub the dirt off of the ring using a soft-bristled brush.

Step 4: Wash it using warm water.

Step 5: Don't forget to wipe and dry your ring using a microfiber cloth.

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How Often Should You Clean Your Engagement Ring?

Many of your daily habits can easily dull the radiance of your gorgeous diamond ring. Shampoo, hairspray, hand lotions, hand soaps, and cooking oils, for example, can all leave your diamond and band looking dull. As a result, cleaning your ring once a week is a good idea if you want to keep it in good condition.

Bring your ring to a jeweller twice a year for a professional deep clean. If you live an active lifestyle or are into activities such as gardening or cooking you may want to get your ring professionally cleaned more frequently. You can avoid frequent visits to the jeweller by removing your ring before you indulge in these activities.

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How To Take Care Of Your Engagement Ring?

1. Never Use Extremely Harsh Chemicals and Hard Brushes To Clean Your Precious Jewellery

Diamonds are considered the hardest stones, however, you must not use chemicals like bleach, chlorine, and acetone to clean your ring, for they can damage the band of your ring. Similarly, brushes with hard bristles can scratch your band as well as the diamond. It’s always better to stick to plain dishwashing soap and water or chemical-free solutions to clean your diamond.

2. Avoid Wearing Your Ring While Cooking

Many spices, oils and foods stick to your ring while cooking. Not only do you tarnish your ring but, at times, food gets stuck at places that aren’t possible to reach.

3. Take Your Ring Off Before Indulging in Hand-On Activities

Make sure you remove your ring before engaging in any hand-intensive activity. To avoid getting starches or dirt caught on your engagement ring, avoid gardening, cleaning dishes, moving furniture, and exercising while wearing it.

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4. Know The Ingredients You Use To Clean Your Engagement Ring

If you decide to use a jewellery cleaner or polisher to clean your engagement ring, make sure you do enough research about it. 

5. Get It Done Professionally

It’s best if you can get your ring cleaned from the same place that it was purchased from. If you do proper research to find a jeweller with experience in cleaning delicate jewellery. Make sure you talk to the jeweller who is cleaning your ring rather than just leaving it at the store.

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Effective Tips to Clean Your Engagement Ring: Silver, Gold & Diamond!

by Pratiksha Pandey

Effective Tips to Clean Your Engagement Ring: Silver, Gold & Diamond!