Everyday routines like shampoo, hairspray, hand lotions, hand soaps and cooking oils can leave a cloudy sheen across your diamond and your band. We recommend keeping a small ring dish beside your kitchen sink or shower to remember to remove your ring when washing dishes or showering, etc.
Here are my tips:
Soap and water plus a soft bristle toothbrush is the best way to clean a diamond ring, no matter your piece’s setting and/or metal type. Mix generic soap (like Dawn) with warm water to make the solution. Soak your piece for about 20 to 40 minutes, depending on how dirty your piece is, rinse under warm running water and repeat if necessary.
Just be sure to plug your drain so your piece does not fall down the sink! If you need to remove a substance such as hairspray, lotion, makeup, or perfume, use a very soft toothbrush to remove any residue. Be sure to gently scrub beneath your stone.
NEVER use chlorine or other harsh chemicals; even some certified jewelry cleaners can damage your stone. It’s important to rinse your piece thoroughly after cleaning in order to remove any soap residue.
Please stop by our Brentwood Office for a deep, professional and complimentary cleaning next time you are in town!
It is a common misconception that fine jewelry will last forever without any kind of care or maintenance routine. In the same way that your car needs an oil change, your gold & diamonds need prong checks and cleaning. This is an investment - and your cleaning routine goes a long way in preserving the timeless condition of your OE piece.
- Diamonds are the strongest material on the planet. That is a fact. While they can last generations upon generations, there are two things you must keep in mind.
- Diamonds are cut with specific facets and have a girdle that can be considered fragile when hit directly perpendicular. The fact is, your diamond could chip if it is hit in the exact right spot. When diamonds are set the metal is what protects these spots. So it is very important to make sure the metal around your diamonds is strong and to get the metal checked and diamonds cleaned about once a year.
- Metal will last, but it wears overtime due to the elements and the wearer. Gold and platinum engagement ring prongs both will need to be “re-tipped” sometime in your life if you want to protect that precious diamond and pass it down as a family heirloom one day.
While it’s tempting to wear your pieces non-stop, we recommend you...
- Remove pieces before showering, swimming, cleaning, gardening or sweating. We don’t recommend wearing your jewels in any kind of chorine or hot tub setting as this can eat away at metal.
- Do NOT wear your bridal jewelry while lifting weights or rock climbing.
- Keep your jewelry away from chemicals including perfume, cosmetics, lotions, hair spray and oils.
**Engagement ring prongs should be checked and professionally cleaned a minimum of once a year. Wedding bands should be checked (depending on the prong type) about once a year as well or anytime you feel like you need a check.
Store your jewelry separately to avoid scratches. To avoid tangling your necklaces and bracelets, please use our OE travel pouches.