The internet provides so much information about how to choose and purchase the perfect engagement ring, but there is rarely any information on how to safely clean your diamond ring at home.

Diamonds require special attention and care to keep their shine and beauty. The shine of a diamond comes from the light entering the diamond and reflecting that same light back. If worn everyday, dirt and residue will build up from everyday use, such as makeup and lotion, and the dirt on the diamond prevents it from shining brilliantly. 

Toronto’s Valour Diamonds is proud to provide a step-by-step guide and tell you everything you need to know about cleaning your diamond engagement ring safely at home.


  1. (MANDATORY) Ensure the Ring Is In Good Condition

    First and foremost, before cleaning your ring check to make sure it is in good condition first. Take time and look closely at the ring to check its condition. Look for signs of safety and secureness, mainly to see if the stone is not loose on the ring. Is the stone safely secured in the setting, and are the claws that grasp the diamond firm? If you fear that your ring may not be in good condition, bring it to Valour Diamonds, located in Downtown Toronto, as soon as possible. We are more than happy to help. Valour Diamonds will be able to clean it without it taking any further damage, as well as fix your ring so you will no longer have to worry about your ring’s condition.

  2. Begin Cleaning Using Dishwashing Liquid

    In order to get your ring to shine brilliantly again, you will need to clean it. First, gather a container of warm-hot water. After, add dishwashing liquid to the container, and then put your ring inside and let the diamond ring soak between 20-40 minutes. If your ring is very dirty, however, it is best to leave your ring sitting overnight.

  3. Gently Brush the Ring Using a Toothbrush

    Make sure that you have a soft-bristled toothbrush and not one that has any rubber bristles. A children’s toothbrush is preferred as they are softer and make it ideal to use to clean the diamond rings. Make sure to dedicate this toothbrush to only jewellery cleaning, as then it will stay soft and clean for much longer. Make sure to clean all around the diamond and the ring, and take time and focus on cleaning the lower part of the diamond where it is mounted, as this is where most of the dirt builds up.

  4. Rinse Your Ring Under the Water

    Once you have gently brushed your ring, go to a sink that has a plug (so if your ring drops it won’t go down the drain) and rinse it under warm running water. Rinse and repeat this process as many times as you would like until you are satisfied with the appearance of your ring.

  5. Safely Dry Your Ring

    Once you are satisfied with your cleaning of the ring, you are able to dry the ring in two different ways. The first way is to use a cotton or linen cloth to dry it off. This is because cloth and linen are soft and will not scratch the metal. The other option is to let your ring air dry if you do not have a linen or cotton cloth.

  6. (OPTIONAL) Polish Your Ring

    This step is optional, as in order to properly polish your ring you will need a polishing cloth. A polishing cloth can also be used on platinum rings and white gold rings to make the metal shine as well. Make sure the cloth is clean and does not have any dust on it if you use it. To prevent this, store the cloth in a resealable bag to avoid dust.

    Ultrasonic Cleaner

    An ultrasonic cleaner can be used instead, allowing you to skip steps 2-4. It is crucial that you do not skip the first step, however. This first step still applies no matter what type of cleaning process you do, even more so when using an ultrasonic cleaner. Since the ultrasonic cleaner uses vibrations to clean, you risk the stone coming out of its setting. That is why it is very important to make sure that it is very secure in its setting.


Your diamond ring, especially your engagement ring, holds a lot of sentimental value, which is why it is very important to take perfect care of it. Valour Diamonds urges you to follow these steps to ensure your diamond ring will always be clean and have its brilliant sparkle forever.

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