The experts at Purely Diamonds share their tips for safely keeping your engagement ring sparkling and clean, during the Coronavirus pandemic and beyond…
You may think diamonds will last forever, but you might be surprised just how dirty your ring can get from daily wear and tear. With the presence of Covid-19 and the importance of washing our hands more regularly, we have to think about the things we wear on our hands and how to clean them too.
It is recommended to always take off your engagement ring (and other rings) when washing your hands in order to not only clean your hands properly, but also to protect your jewellery, however this may not be practical in every situation.
Diamonds and gemstones love the oils that are in soaps and hand creams so with regular washing and applications of cream, these oils build up on the surface of the stones making them appear dull and lifeless. Not to mention that bacteria can live in your engagement ring if you’re not careful.
So, Purely Diamonds have put together a simple 5 step guide on how to clean your engagement ring and the things you’ll need.
What you’ll need:
- Washing Up Liquid
- A SOFT Toothbrush (ideally a child’s one as they have fine bristles)
- A Bowl
- Clean Warm Water
- A Microfibre Polishing Cloth
- Your Dirty Engagement Ring
This 5-step cleaning process does not harm your engagement ring and you can do it weekly to maintain the cleanliness of your ring:
Now your ring is bright and beautiful, take a look at the Dos & Don’ts for wearing jewellery and some top tips from Purely Diamonds.
- Do take off your jewellery when cleaning
- Do remove your jewellery during exercise
- Do clean your jewellery regularly
- Don’t spray perfume or hairspray near your jewellery
- Don’t wear your jewellery whilst swimming
- Don’t apply hand creams when wearing your rings
Dr Daniel Atkinson Clinical Lead at Treated.com, explains why it’s vital that we keep our jewellery just as clean as our hands during this time:
“Jewellery, especially wedding bands and engagement rings, are on our hands all or most of the time. And because our hands come into contact with a range of items and surfaces, they often come into contact with bacteria and other pathogens too.
“So as well as regularly washing your hands, cleaning your jewellery is also vitally important – and particularly so in the current situation. If you can take it off and keep it somewhere safe before doing an activity where your hands are likely to become dirty, that’s preferable. If not, I’d recommend washing your hands and cleaning your jewellery afterwards, and certainly before eating or touching your face.”
If you’ve got any quarantine gin or vodka spare, pop your ring in a shot glass of alcohol and leave for a few hours and then dab dry with a cotton pad. (We prefer the soap method whilst drinking the alcohol!) It’s rumoured that prior to wearing any crown jewels, the Queen’s diamonds are dabbed with a bit of gin to keep them extra sparkly.
You don’t need to clean your ring daily – once a month is fine as you don’t want to loosen any stones.
You do not need to have an ultrasonic cleaner at home, whilst it is good every once in a while, it’s best to keep ultrasonic cleaning to professionals as stones may become loose in the process.
You can purchase special jewellery polishing cloths on sites such as Amazon for less than £5 – just make sure you get one suitable for the metal of your ring.
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