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The sparkle of a diamond ring can be truly mesmerising, and it is fitting to be so captivating when it is representing your engagement to the love of your life. This is something that you will want to wear forever, so you need to make sure you care for the ring properly, which involves cleaning it on a regular basis.
Over time, debris will build up on your ring, caused by bacteria, dirt, food and cosmetic chemicals, even though you wash your hands all the time. The little grooves and crevices around the diamond setting will harbour particles and bacteria, and the metal and diamond can develop a sparkle and shine inhibiting film from just about everything your hand comes into contact with. As such, it is advised that you clean your ring approximately once or twice per week.
What to do:
Cleaning your ring is easy. The best way is to mix a little dishwashing detergent with warm water (almost hot) and let your ring soak in it for 30 minutes. Afterwards, gently brush away the debris with a new baby toothbrush, rinse with water and dry/polish with a soft cotton cloth. Repeat if necessary. This should restore its brilliance and fire and keep it looking amazing.
Every year, or if your ring is extra dirty, you should take your ring to a jeweller who offers a cleaning service, as they know exactly what professional-grade chemicals and techniques to use to get your ring back to its original sparkling form. The jeweller where you purchased your ring may offer this service for free, sometimes for a lifetime, so it's worth checking with them first.
What not to do:
Don't try to use chemicals like bleach, household cleaner, ammonium or alcohol at home on your ring, as both the diamond and the gold can be damaged. Abrasive chemicals such as toothpaste or baking soda will also scratch the gold, so don't use these, and steer clear of any harsh abrasive tools like scratchy materials or harsh brushes as these can also scratch the surfaces. Finally, it's not a good idea to use ultrasonic jewellery cleaners on your diamond ring as the vibrations can damage the stone setting and your may lose your diamond.
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