We previously shared some tips to cleaning your precious engagement ring, read: "How to Clean Your Engagement and Wedding Ring"
But there are some few more things you need to know to clean your ring at home.
Since all eyes will be on you and your ring, then you want your ring to be as sparkling as possible.
Mark Mann, the Director of Global Jewelry Manufacturing Arts at the Gemological Institute of America shared some secrets with Glamour Magazine.
Here is his professional advice on how to clean your jewelry safely and what to avoid at all costs:
Oil or Dirt:
Determine what kind of gunk has gotten on your ring, says Mann. "If you're very active outdoors or in the kitchen and there's a hard compacted layer of oil or dirt, it's best to get it cleaned at the jewelers using professional-grade products that will restore the brilliance of the stone safely."
If your ring has been dirtied by common cosmetics, for example, hairspray, lotion, makeup, or perfume, a simple at-home cleaning should be sufficient. "The best way to clean your ring is to make a solution with warm water (almost hot) and dishwashing soap. Soak your ring for about 20 to 40 minutes, gently brush the stone with a very soft toothbrush, and then rinse under warm running water. If needed, repeat."
What to Never Use:
As for substances that you should never use to clean your ring, stay away from any household cleaners such as bleach, chlorine and acetone, advises Mann. "These harsh chemicals can break down some of the base metals in your ring. Also never use any kind of abrasive products such as toothpaste, baking soda or any powdered cleaners, which can easily scratch metals, particularly gold."
Avoid at-home ultrasonic jewelry cleaning machines, especially if your ring features pavé set stones (the word pavé comes from the French word for paved) , says Mann. "If one of the prongs is weakened or if there's the slightest error in workmanship, the vibrations from an ultrasonic machine can dislodge a stone," he warns. "Your safest bet for ultrasonic cleaning is to take it to the jeweler, where professionals can test the security of the settings first, or fix it should anything come loose."