How To Clean & Care For Your Engagement Ring
Caring For An Engagement Ring
A Priceless Investment Deserves The BEST Care!
In this article you will find exactly what you need to clean and care for your priceless engagement or promise ring. Please, take a moment to determine what type of ring you have.
- Does your ring contain diamonds, pearls, or cubic zirconia? This article is meant to assist in the care of diamonds and other non-porous stones. If your ring contains pearls, please read, "How to Properly Care for Pearls".
- Is your band made of gold, silver or platinum? Knowing what your band is made of is crucial to proper care & cleaning of your engagement ring. For example, silver cleaner is never meant to be used on a 24k gold band.
Table of Contents:
- About Diamonds & How NOT To Clean Them
- Clean Your Engagement Ring; Diamond, Setting and Band with Jewelry Cleaner
- Using an Ultrasonic or Jewelry Cleaning Machine
- Using a Jewelry Polishing Cloth to Remove Tarnish
- Caring for CZ (Cubic Zirconia)
Diamonds are an important symbol of marriage and engagement and, due to their rarity and scarcity, are highly desirable to make jewelry. They have been somewhat controversial, in that a few countries use these (so-called blood) diamonds to fund revolutionary activities. Therefore, most diamonds now traded have microscopic, unseen, numbering marks for tracking purposes.
Rest assured, these markings will not wash off in Blitz® cleaners. Our cleaners are non-toxic, and they contain no alcohol, no ammonia, nor VOC's. Simply choose one of our several Blitz® Gem and Jewelry Cleaner items and follow the easy to use directions.
Diamonds are one of the hardest known natural materials, defined by its resistance to scratching. However, this does not mean a diamond will always retain its brilliant shine. A diamond's shine can be dulled as a result of everyday activities such as applying hand lotion, washing your hands, applying hair products, working in the garden, etc. It is important to remember to remove your ring while doing tasks such as these in order to avoid a buildup of grime.
Remember, if your band is made of silver, NEVER expose it to bleach! Bleach causes silver to tarnish and the effects can be hard to reverse!
NEVER use products that contain ammonia or acidified thiourea as these chemicals can damage your jewelry over time (not to mention they are highly toxic).
When it is time to give your diamond a good cleaning, Blitz has several non-toxic solutions guaranteed to be safe and effective. All of the products listed in this article can be purchased on this website by clicking on the images. See # 5 below for information about caring for Cubic Zirconia.
Gem & Jewelry Cleaner SKU 651: This non-toxic jewelry cleaner is a signature Blitz product for use on non-porous precious and semi-precious gems and precious jewelry. This product contains NO harsh chemicals such as ammonia, which can actually damage the surface of your jewelry making it more susceptible to tarnish later on. Simply place the jewelry in the included basket and immerse the ring into the non-toxic solution. Replace the cap and agitate gently for no more than 3 minutes. If necessary, use included brush to remove loosened dirt from the diamond and its setting. Remove and rinse thoroughly. Dry gently with a clean, soft cloth. *If swallowed drink water to dilute. If your stone is loose, please have it tightened before using this product. *Please note: This product will remove dirt and grime from silver but will not remove tarnish. If the silver on your engagement ring is tarnished please use either our SilverShine™ Silver Jewelry Cleaner or our Silver Care Cloth. It is important to remember that when cleaning silver, you never want to use any product that contains ammonia or acidified thiourea. These are highly toxic chemicals and can damage the surface of your jewelry over time.
Our Gem & Jewelry Cleaner can also be found in two other convenient forms including Gem & Jewelry Cleaner Concentrate for use with Ultrasonic & Sonic Jewelry Cleaning Machines (Simply mix with tap water); or Foamz™ foaming Gem & Jewelry Cleaner for travel. We highly recommend Foamz™ for our customers who are constantly on-the-go, as Foamz™ can be easily slipped into a handbag or car glove-box for an effective, last-minute touch up. Both products are also non-toxic and contain NO harsh chemicals.
Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaners (used with Blitz Gem & Jewelry Cleaner Concentrate) are a home necessity for diamond care. Achieve professional results at home without the use of harsh chemicals. This ultrasonic machine produces 42,000 energy producing sound waves per second and gets the job done in only 3 minutes. Will remove dirt and build-up from the hard to reach places in your setting. This machine can be used on all jewelry, not just engagement rings and will prove to be a trusted source for all of your home jewelry care. For a limited time get a free Foamz™ Foaming Jewelry Cleaner with the purchase of a Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaning Machine CD2800.
Our Jewelry Care Cloth is another highly recommended product for our customers who are always on-the-go. The cloth is treated with a non-toxic formula that is perfect for the care of diamonds and other jewelry while on the go. Blitz invented the concept of putting the cleaner in the cloth over 100 years ago. The inner cloth is treated with our cleaning formula, which will not only remove dirt, makeup, body oils, and other build-up but will also leave a protective barrier that blocks further tarnish. The cotton-flannel outer cloth can be used to buff your diamond back to its original brilliance. This cloth will polish any type of fine jewelry and fine metals. Click the link to be redirected to the Jewelry Care Cloth product page to learn more.
What if my ring is a Cubic Zirconia? Cubic Zirconia is becoming a popular alternative to diamond engagement rings because of its likeness to diamond, low cost, and durability. We are excited to inform you that every product listed on this page can be safely used to clean Cubic Zirconia (CZ). We would also like to suggest our Microfiber Cloth 7808 as an everyday solution to general care and upkeep, not just for CZ but for diamonds as well. These microfiber cloths are 100% lint free and non-abrasive meaning you will never ever risk the brilliant appearance of your CZ or diamond. Use to remove fingerprints, water, dirt, and more. Simply buff the surface of the CZ or diamond to achieve a quick shine before a dinner date. (These cloths also work to remove fingerprints on cell-phone & I-Pad screens, sun glasses, tv screens and more!) Click the link to learn more about this miracle microfiber cloth!