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Engagement Ring 101: How to Care for Your Diamond Engagement Ring

July 15th, 2021

Nothing compares to the dazzle and shine of a brand new or freshly cleaned diamond engagement ring. But as time goes on the diamonds and the metal start to show the ravages of time if not properly cared for. Diamond rings are like magnets for bacteria, dirt, and oils that cling to the surfaces and get stuck in the nooks and crannies of the intricate design details of your ring. When settings loosen, stones are at risk for chipping, cracking, or falling out. Read on to learn how to expertly care for your engagement ring to keep it looking like new.


Most women like to wear their rings at all times, but this practice is actually counter-productive, especially if you have an active lifestyle. Constant jostling of the ring can lead to loose stones and, while diamonds are relatively strong, they are not impervious to cracks and chips. In addition, cooking and cleaning can also be quite destructive – certain foods are high in acidity and household cleaners contain strong, corrosive chemicals so be sure to always take your ring off and store it in a safe place when you are working out or doing chores around the house.


Taking a shower with your ring on might seem like a great way to keep it clean but it can actually be quite risky when it comes to caring for it. Certain soaps and shampoos may be too harsh and rings can easily snag on towels, weakening prong settings. Err on the side of caution and take it off whenever you shower or wash your hands.

A great way to keep your ring safe while off your finger is by having ring dishes around the house, such as at your bedside, in the bathroom, and at the kitchen sink. Designating a zippered pouch in your bag is a great way to keep it safe during workouts or outdoor activities like hikes.


Normal wear and tear is to be expected over the years, but with proper care and a routine cleaning and maintenance schedule, problems can be greatly minimized so that your ring stays in excellent condition. Regular cleanings at home are a great way to keep dirt, oils, and residue from building up and causing dulling or scratching of the stone or metal.

Weekly cleanings at home are easy. Simply mix a mild dish soap with warm water and soak for at least twenty minutes. When the dirt has had time to loosen, scrub gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush and follow-up by patting it dry with a soft towel or simply let it air dry.

While regular at-home care is important, it doesn’t take the place of professional cleanings or preventative maintenance inspections. Keep your ring clean and well-maintained with regular cleanings and services at a reputable jeweler every six months.


Rottermond Jewelers has been caring for our customers’ treasured jewelry as if it were our own for more than thirty years. We offer a wide range of cleaning and repair services including loose stone setting and refurbishment, metal polishing, rhodium re-plating for white gold, and laser repair for intricate repair needs.

When you visit us in-store, we offer complimentary spa treatments on engagement rings and fine jewelry. Each piece is put in an ultrasonic cleaner, then it is steamed and inspected. While at home care is great, we encourage a visit to Rottermond once every six months to pamper your most precious pieces.

Our expert services extend to watch cleaning and repair as well so that you can maintain your luxury timepieces with as much care as your engagement ring. Our Milford and Brighton showrooms are equipped with our very own cleaning and repair facilities so all your services can be provided in-house by our award-winning jewelers. Visit us online today to contact one of our locations for more information on how we can help you keep your engagement ring looking as beautiful as the day you bought it.