Clean Your Diamond Rings in 6 Simple Steps

Best way to clean a Diamond Ring

We all know life is hands-on and a little messy – so just think about everything your diamonds touch in a day. Many people admit to rarely cleaning their rings, but even a thin layer of dirt or grease will absorb light and dull the sparkle of your stone. If you invest in a gorgeous diamond ring, then you want to make sure it always looks its best, and that means keeping it clean. Follow these 6 simple tips to get your diamond rings looking brilliant and brand new.

  1. Clean your jewellery at least once a month. Regularly cleaning your diamond rings* keeps them sparkly and hygienic.
  2. An easy way to clean your rings at home is to let them soak for 10 minutes in a bowl of warm, soapy water. Washing up liquid is a great choice because it doesn’t leave a residue. Be careful not to use any harsh solutions such as chlorine, bleach or abrasives.
  3. Once you have soaked your rings, use an old toothbrush to gently scrub away the dirt, focusing on areas where debris tends to collect, such as the setting and underside of the ring. Always do this over a bowl and not over the sink, just in case any loose stones fall out.
  4. Most people remove their rings before washing their hands, but as we just mentioned, soap and water are actually good for your diamonds. Leave your rings on while you wash your hands to give them a wee clean on a daily basis. This is also a good safety precaution, since often people will leave their rings by the sink in a public toilet and never seen them again. If you are gardening, going to the gym or doing rough work, then removing your rings is the safest option. Diamonds are extremely durable but they are also brittle, so a hard blow could damage the setting or stone.
  5. Keep in mind that if your ring has not been cleaned in a long time, there is a slight chance that dirt may be holding one of the stones in place. It can be difficult to spot a loose or broken claw since they are so small, but a good clue is when your ring suddenly starts snagging on your clothes. If you are unsure, come into our showroom and we will run our expert eyes over the setting of your ring. Don’t let this stop you from getting your rings cleaned, however; it is better to have a stone come out during a cleaning than during a night out. At Macintyres, we check the setting of each ring and clean items in a tea strainer so that we are guaranteed not to lose any stones.
  6. We have saved the best tip for last … Macintyres will clean your jewellery for free! If you have an upcoming night out or special event, then pop into our showroom and our friendly staff will clean your items in under 10 minutes. We use an ultrasonic cleaner and steam machine to make sure your rings are returned looking good as new.

Here is a closer look at the complimentary cleaning service we offer in our workshop.

First, we soak each ring in the ultrasonic cleaner. This machine produces high frequency sound waves which travel through the soapy water, creating a scrubbing effect that quickly and thoroughly loosens encrusted dirt.

Macintyres of Edinburgh jewellery cleaning
Photographer: Elina Karadzhova;

Next, we carefully scrub away debris using a toothbrush. The bristles are a great way to gain access to difficult areas, such as inside the setting of a ring, but are also soft enough not to scratch the stone or metal.

Photographer: Elina Karadzhova;

Finally, we use the steam cleaner to force out any remaining dirt and add some sparkle.

Macintyres of Edinburgh jewellery cleaning
Photographer: Elina Karadzhova;

We hope we’ve inspired you to spring clean your diamonds, and we hope to see you soon for a free ring cleaning – you’ll be amazed at the difference! We love showing our customers their newly sparkling jewellery and hearing their gasps of delight. And remember it’s not just rings – bracelets, pendants, earrings and necklaces can all benefit from a spring clean.

*Please be advised that different stones require different types of care. Emeralds, opals, tanzanites and pearls need special attention and are best cleaned by an expert. Stay tuned for more posts on the best way to clean gemstones.

Dimaond girl

2 Responses

  1. Caroline Hogg

    Hi there, I wonder if you can help. My diamond solitaire is nearly 40 years old and I think the setting is worn and unstable.It is not a huge stone, but it’s mine and I love it dearly. I also have another diamond ring which has an opaque stone which I would like replaced. I have diamond drop earrings and again would like them checked and change the fastening.Is this something you could help me with?
    Caroline Hogg


    1. Hi Caroline,

      Yes we can definitely help. Firstly I am delighted to hear that you are enjoying your beautiful diamond ring. I absolutely agree that after 40 years there is a very good chance that it is worn. We offer a full repairing remounting and stone replacing service so please bring both rings and your earrings into the showroom at your earliest convenience. In the meantime please don’t wear your solitaire. Its better to be safe than sorry and if, as you suspect, it is loose it would be terrible to lose the stone now. Our opening hours are 9 am till 5 pm Monday to Saturday and late night till 6.30 on a Thursday. I look forward to seeing you soon.
      Best regards,



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