Engagement rings are very similar to the ring finger they are worn on, they get dirty, and this dirt can come from a variety of sources. Dirt and sediment from daily wear can build up in the crevices of the ring, specifically where the stone meets the metal. Dust can accumulate from storing your engagement ring or other jewelry out in the open, when you take it off to sleep or to exercise.

There are also several liquid elements which can eliminate the sparkle and shine of your engagement ring. Soap scum from washing your hands or doing the dishes is very common, and will easily dull the sparkle of even the highest quality diamond. The oils from lotions and even our natural skin oils can smudge and tarnish stones and metals of an engagement ring. Aside from the vanity aspect of a freshly cleaned diamond ring, the cleaning process is key in observing any flaws or potential structural issues which could eventually lead to a lost stone or a fractured band.

To begin cleaning your engagement ring at home you will need a bowl, dish soap, warm water, and a soft bristled toothbrush.

How to Clean an Engagement Ring

1. First make a solution with the warm water and a few drops of dish soap.

2. Let your engagement ring soak in this solution for 20 to 40 minutes depending on the level of impurities. (Shampoo or body wash can work in a pinch as long as there are no moisturizing elements present.)

3. After this soak, brush the stone with a very soft bristled toothbrush and rinse under warm water.

4. It is highly recommended to repeat this process for rings that haven't been cleaned in a while.

5. After the cleaning cycle is complete, dry the ring with a soft cotton towel or let the ring air dry. Avoid paper towels and napkins for drying the ring, these materials are notorious for causing scratches on precious metals.

Can I clean my ring too often? How often should I clean my ring? Simply put, yes, you can clean your ring too often. It is recommended that you clean your diamond engagement ring or any frequently worn jewelry at home 1 to 2 times per month - even more if you spend time outdoors or doing any activity which potentially exposes the ring to more grime than normal wear.

Wearing engagement rings daily is equivalent to wearing the same outfit every day, when it comes to dirt buildup. While cleaning your diamond engagement ring at home is highly recommended, getting a professional cleaning two times a year is as well. This is done ultrasonically, with sound waves vibrating through a liquid which will deep clean down to a microscopic level. This cleaning is important visually, and for the overall integrity of the ring, the added bonus is having a professional jeweler inspect the ring and make sure everything is in perfect order.

An engagement ring is a statement piece designed to stun and excite the wearer and everyone who views it, a clean ring will ensure the sparkle never dies and the glisten never ceases.

Read our complete guide on how to clean and care for your engagement ring and other jewelry here.