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How to clean your wedding and engagement rings - top tips

Keep your rings sparkling with these tips...

Bridie Wilkins

Engagement and wedding rings seem to lose their initial sparkle over time as they collect dirt, and although we've all been washing and sanitising our hands more than ever following the COVID-19 pandemic, it's not enough to keep your rings looking brand new.

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So how do you clean your jewellery? And is hand sanitiser safe to use while wearing your engagement ring? We spoke to bespoke jeweller and gemmologist Emma Clarkson Webb to get some answers.

How to clean engagement rings and wedding rings

"Diamonds attract dirt incredibly easily so it's very important to clean your rings regularly," says Emma. "It's pretty simple. Just use an old, soft toothbrush, warm water and fairy liquid. Fill a bowl with warm water and a squirt of washing up liquid and let your ring soak for around thirty minutes. Gently clean with an old toothbrush and it'll be as good as new!"

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She adds that it's important to clean the entire ring, making sure that you get to any areas where dirt might be trapped, such as the base of the diamond.

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And if you don't have a diamond? "The same applies for gemstones such as sapphires and rubies," says Emma. "But don't use any force or soap with brittle gemstones such as emeralds or opals. Warm water is fine, then finish with a cotton or linen cloth to dry or let the ring air dry."

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Gemstones shouldn't be cleaned with soap

Should I clean rings separately?

Though you might not always take your rings off when washing your hands, Emma says that it's definitely necessary, now more than ever, to take your rings off and give them a thorough clean.

Will hand sanitiser ruin my ring?

"Excessive exposure to hand sanitizer can dull the lustre of a ring," says Emma. "It can also loosen the prongs that keep diamonds in place." To protect your rings, take them off when you apply hand sanitiser and leave the sanitiser to dry before putting your rings back on. 

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