Ladies, I know you want to know how to make your engagement ring sparkle. After all, it’s kind of the age-old question: How? Where? When? How often? I have the answers! Keep reading.
It usually starts a couple of months after your wedding. You’re at a restaurant, or you’re washing your dishes, and you spot it: a bit of grunge starting to creep up the sides of the diamond or the band. What do you do?!
Don’t freak out! I’ve compiled a little list of ways on how to make your engagement ring sparkle, and I even included a way you can do it at home, DIY style.
How to Make Your Engagement Ring Sparkle
First, before we begin this post, I should mention that you don’t want to clean your ring every day. This can be harsh for the stones and can wear down your band. It can even make your settings loose! Do Amore recommends cleaning your ring every six weeks, at most. Another tip for you to take away is that if your ring is dirtied by common household cosmetics, soapy water, or similar every day activities, it’s most likely fine to clean it at home. However, if your ring is covered in a hard layer of dirt or oil, Brides Magazine says “it’s best to get it cleaned at the jewelers using professional-grade products that will restore the brilliance of the stone safely.” After all, this is a post on how to make your engagement ring sparkle – not how to kill your diamond!
When in doubt, take it to a professional.
Getting it Professionally Cleaned
Sure, you could purchase an at-home steam cleaner for your jewelry, but honestly? Places like Kay’s and other small shops in malls will generally clean your ring for free… Sort of. The only price is that you have to stand there and listen to them pitch you new rings while they clean your old one. This can be a hassle, but it’s pretty worth it for a free cleaning. This is especially awesome if you bought your ring on Etsy or an online store like Overstock and don’t have a store of origin in your city.
If you purchased your ring at a jewelry store such as Zales, they will always provide free cleanings to you for as long as you have your ring. Not sure if your store cleans your jewelry for free? Give them a call. Most places will; you need only ask.
Staying Home & DIYing It
Instructables has a great breakdown in this blog post. I’ll give the basics below. (Tip: There are plenty of YouTube video tutorials on how to make your engagement ring sparkle, which might be easier to follow than written instructions.)
What you need:
- Glass measuring cup
- Baking soda
- Soft toothbrush
- Small measuring cup or small bowl
Put a cup of water into the glass measuring cup, plop the ring into the water, and microwave it to a boil. You’re pre-soaking the ring here to make it easier to clean. Remove the glass from the microwave and set it on the counter to let the ring soak for about five minutes.
After you remove the ring from the hot water, empty the water and replace it with vinegar. Soak the ring in the vinegar for another five minutes.
Then, mix some baking soda in a small amount of water in the little bowl till it’s the consistency of a paste and completely cover the ring in the paste. Using that soft toothbrush, you can scrub the ring gently in circular motions until you’re satisfied. Then, boil another cup of water in the glass measuring cup, rinse the ring under the faucet, and put the ring back into the hot water to soak.
Remove the ring after five minutes, rinse it again under the faucet (with warm water), and make sure to give it a last brush with that soft toothbrush to make sure all the baking soda is out of the crevices.
You’re done! Now you know how to make your engagement ring sparkle.