How to Clean a Diamond Ring in 4 Easy Steps

January 22, 2020 - Jewelry & Luxury Items

Whether you’re buying a pawned diamond that needs some TLC or your ring is dirty, never fear.

Diamonds are precious and their settings are delicate, but most cleaning you can do at home.

We’ve got your guide to making your stone or band sparkle like you want it to. Read on for the four (super) easy steps of how to clean a diamond ring!

How to Clean a Diamond Ring

Please keep in mind that vintage rings are more fragile than brand new ones. Their settings can be finicky and stones may be loose, even if you can’t see it. Be extra gentle with these aged rings!

1. Soak in Solution

Never underestimate a good bath, even for a diamond. Soaking a dirty ring in a solution makes dirt loosen and come off easier in further steps.

You don’t need a fancy jewelry cleaner, you can soak it in things you have around the house.

Warm Soap and Water

Yes, the classic soap and water will loosen dirt on a casual-wear ring. Get a bowl of hot water and basic dish soap. Soak your ring for 30 minutes and go to step 2.

Windex and Hydrogen Peroxide

In the same type of small bowl, pour equal amounts of Windex and hydrogen peroxide. Let the diamond soak for 10-15 minutes.

Windex removes grease and the hydrogen peroxide kills dirt-related bacteria. Take out and continue to the next step.


Cleaning with vinegar is one of our favorite things. It’s natural, bacteria killing, and doesn’t cost much. Pour 1/2 cup white vinegar in a bowl with 2 tablespoons baking soda.

The mixture will fizz, so make sure the bowl is deep enough. Once it’s all mixed together soak your diamond in this mix for two to three hours.

2. Be Gentle, But Scrub

The best cleaning device for your precious ring? A soft bristled toothbrush. Look for one that notes “soft” or “gentle” bristles on the package.

Take your ring out of whatever solution and rub with the toothbrush. Get into as many cracks and crevices as you can.

3. Rinse

Rinse the same toothbrush until the water runs clean. Take the water-clean toothbrush and scrub the ring, rinsing the brush as you go.

When you feel like you’ve gotten most of the solution off, rinse the ring off under cold running water.

4. Dry

Metal doesn’t like getting wet, even if it’s a strong metal like sterling silver. Take a microfiber cloth and give the ring a good rub down.

Be careful not to snag any of the setting arms with the cloth, you don’t want to pull on them!

Be Kind to Your Ring

The best way to give your ring a long life is to not beat it up. If you’re doing hard labor, crafts, or dipping hands in and out of water take off your ring.

It’ll prolong its life and keep it shiny! Need a ring for someone in your life to keep gleaming?

Now that you’ve learned how to clean a diamond ring, check out our guide to pawning diamonds.

David Stiebel
David Stiebel

David Stiebel is one of the cofounders of PawnGuru. David was educated at MIT, where he studied Math. He subsequently worked at Bain as a data scientist before starting PawnGuru in 2015. He started PawnGuru to build a better tool for pawn shops and consumers to connect.

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