How To Clean Diamond Rings At Home

Keeping your diamond ring sparkling is essential for maintaining its beauty and brilliance. While professional cleanings are recommended, you can also safely and effectively clean your diamond ring at home with some simple steps and household products. At Plateau Jewelers in Sammamish, WA, we understand the importance of caring for your precious jewelry. Here's how to clean your diamond rings at home to keep them looking their best.

Daily Care Tips

  • Avoid Exposure: Limit exposure to harsh chemicals, lotions, and perfumes that can dull the diamond's sparkle.
  • Safe Storage: Store your diamond ring in a fabric-lined jewelry box or a separate pouch to prevent scratches.

Basic Cleaning Method

  1. Prepare a Solution: Mix a few drops of mild dish soap with warm water in a bowl.
  2. Soak the Ring: Place your diamond ring in the solution and let it soak for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Gentle Scrubbing: Use a soft-bristled brush, like a toothbrush, to gently scrub the diamond and the setting.
  4. Rinse Thoroughly: Rinse the ring under warm running water to remove any soap residue.
  5. Dry with Care: Pat the ring dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.

Deep Cleaning

  • Ammonia Solution: For a deeper clean, mix one part ammonia with six parts water. Soak the ring for no more than 10 minutes, then follow the basic cleaning steps.
  • Steam Cleaning: Use a small steam cleaner designed for jewelry to remove stubborn grime. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Ultrasonic Cleaners: These devices use vibrations to dislodge dirt. While effective, they should be used sparingly to avoid loosening the diamond setting.

Addressing Specific Issues

  • Cloudy Diamonds: If your diamond looks cloudy, it might be due to a buildup of lotions or oils. A deep cleaning should restore its brilliance.
  • Scratched Metal: If the metal setting is scratched, professional polishing by a jeweler can help restore its shine.

Special Considerations for Different Metal Settings

  • Gold: Gold can tarnish over time, so it's important to clean it regularly to maintain its shine.
  • Platinum: Platinum is more durable than gold but can develop a patina over time. Regular cleaning can help preserve its luster.
  • Silver: Silver is prone to tarnishing. Use a silver polishing cloth or a silver cleaning solution to keep it bright.

Avoiding Common Cleaning Mistakes

  • Harsh Chemicals: Avoid using bleach, chlorine, or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the metal and dull the diamond's sparkle.
  • Avoiding Extreme Temperatures: Be cautious of exposing your diamond ring to extreme temperature changes, as this can cause metal settings to expand or contract, potentially loosening the diamond.

Maintaining Your Diamond Ring

  • Regular Check-ups: Have your ring professionally inspected and cleaned at Plateau Jewelers at least once a year to ensure the setting is secure and the diamond remains brilliant.
  • Mindful Wearing: Remove your ring during activities that could damage it, such as gardening, cleaning, or exercising.
  • Timely Repairs: If you notice any loose stones or damage, bring your ring to Plateau Jewelers for prompt repairs to prevent further issues.


Keeping your diamond ring clean and sparkling doesn't have to be a daunting task. With these simple steps, you can maintain the beauty and luster of your precious jewelry right at home. For any concerns or professional cleaning needs, visit us at Plateau Jewelers in Sammamish, WA. Let us help you keep your diamond ring shining brightly for years to come.