How to Shine an Antique Diamond Ring

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Often fragile and always precious, antique diamond rings deserve special attention to maintain the shine and sparkle intrinsic to this beautiful gem. While you can perform minor cleaning and shining at home, take your antique diamond ring to a jeweler that specializes in antique pieces if the ring is damaged or badly soiled. Handle the ring with care and your antique diamond ring will retain its glory for many generations.

Step 1

Fill a small bowl with warm water, then add two or three drops of gentle liquid dish soap. Never use strong or harsh dish soaps, antibacterial soaps, household cleaners or products containing bleach.

Step 2

Place the ring in the soapy water and swish it back and forth to loosen dirt and grime.

Step 3

Remove the ring from the soapy water. Dip a soft toothbrush into the solution, then use a soft touch to scrub the diamond and setting. Use a new toothbrush, then save the toothbrush to use exclusively for cleaning jewelry.

Step 4

Rinse the ring thoroughly in warm water. Be sure to remove all the soap because a soapy film may dull the diamond.

Step 5

Lay the ring on a piece of tissue to air dry, then polish the ring with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth.

Step 6

Store the antique ring in a soft pouch or padded jewelry box.