Platinum diamond rings are stylish, and they boast the best kind of timeless simplicity. Such rings also boast the highest level of strength, luster, and durability.
However, there is one catch, the fact that platinum diamond rings are among the most expensive precious metals that are used in jewelry making. But beyond the high price tag, you will be happy to note that the platinum diamond rings give off that wonderful finish that adds an extra level of class and prestige, hence an elevation in the value of the diamond ring.
Platinum also makes it easy for you to mount the diamonds on to it, and the only thing you need to keep in mind is that you would have to polish it after some time. The diamond will remain beautiful and sparkling for a long time, though.
The platinum diamond ring will, however, lose its luster over time, and they’re also will be a significant accumulation of dirt, grime, as well as scratches. So, regardless of the durability of both the diamond and platinum, you’d have to polish and clean the ring popularly to keep it sparkling all the time.
Before we look at some of the tips for polishing the platinum diamond ring, let’s first take a look at the features of platinum diamond rings and what to expect from the jewelry.
The primary reason why you’d have to polish the ring has to do with the fact that platinum, like other precious metals, will get scratched over time. The good news is that the scratches don’t result in the loss of the platinum metal, all thanks to platinum’s dense structure. So, whenever this precious metal is scratched, there is only slight gorging for you to deal with, and there won’t be any differences in weight.
Besides the scratching, the platinum precious metal will also develop a patina over time. The patina results from the tiny scratches on the platinum’s surface. While one scratch doesn’t affect or cause the patina, constant scratching and thousands of small scratches will create a matte luster that is also referred to as the patina. And as light interacts with these tiny scratches on the surface of the platinum, it gives the metal a dark appearance, reducing its luster. Now, while some people like and even look forward to this dark patina because it adds character and depth to the ring, others will do anything to get rid of it because they prefer their rings with that original platinum depth and character – others will also prefer the ring with a smooth and a lustrous finish.
Now, to restore the platinum ring and to ensure that it keeps its natural luster, it has to be polished. Often, the polishing would be done by professionals, although there are times when you can work through the patina the polish it for the desired perfect finish. Besides getting the ring professionally buffed for that sleek shine, you could also get it rhodium-plated, as long as you are ready to re-plate or re-polish it every 6 to 12 months.
How to polish platinum diamond ring (step by step)
To polish or clean your platinum diamond ring, here are some of the steps you could follow:
Method 1 – Cleaning with Soap and Water
You can do this in these three steps.
Using a mild degreaser – with this method, you need dish soap and warm water in a bowl filled with ¾ of water. Add some drops of dish soap into the warm water, then soak the ring in the water for about 30 minutes. Note that the soap will make the ring a little slippery, so make sure that the drain is plugged.
Next, clean the ring using a soft-bristled toothbrush, and if you have sensitive skin, you may want to put on gloves. Make sure that the toothbrush is clean, and dedicate the toothbrush to jewelry cleaning only. Dip the toothbrush in the soapy solution the clean it over a bowl in slow, gentle circular motions, paying attention to the hard-to-reach places such as the inside of the stone’s setting and on the diamond’s underside. Then rinse it off.
Lastly, dry the ring. You could air-dry it or opt for a soft and dry, lint-free cloth. Blow drying is also an option, but only if you are in a hurry. If you opt to air-dry it, place the ring in a safe area, for example, on a lint-free, soft cloth. But don’t place the ring somewhere; it could be knocked off easily and lost. Also, don’t set it to dry on the unplugged drain.
Method 2 – Cleaning Using Ammonia Solution
For this step, you first need to make sure that the ring is compatible. What this means is that you shouldn’t use ammonia to clean a ring made of other gemstones other than diamonds. Since diamonds are hard gems, the diamond in this ring won’ get damaged by ammonia. You should avoid this method if the ring is made with emeralds, opals, onyx, or pearls.
To clean your platinum diamond ring using ammonia, you’ll first soak it in diluted ammonia. Fill the glass bowl using equal parts cold water with ammonia, but don’t fill it all the way up because you don’t want spillage from Ammonia. Next, place the ring in the bowl, then set it away from pets and children. Allow the ring to sit for about 30 minutes, then remove the ring using rubber gloves. Make sure to plug the sink drain before you retrieve the ring because accidents happen, and you don’t want to lose it when it falls down the drain. You could remove it using tongs too.
Next, you will need a scrubbing solution with hot water in a glass bowl. This will remove the grime away. You could add a squirt of dishwashing soap and only as a splash of ammonia in hot water in the glass bowl – no exact measurements needed. Just make sure not to pour in too much ammonia because you may not be able to handle to strong ammonia odor.
Afterward, clear the ring gently, preferably with gloves on. You’ll also need a soft-bristled toothbrush to scrub the ring gently. Remember to clean the areas under the ring’s setting carefully. Also, scrub the back of the diamonds, as well as the hard-to-reach places.
Finally, rinse and dry it off using a lint-free cloth. And only dry it once you are sure all the ammonia solution is washed off.
Method 3 – Cleaning using a diluted household cleaner
Choose a household cleaner that’s chlorine-free. Chlorine is not safe on diamonds.
Dilute the household cleaner of choice the soak the ring in the solution –mix 2/3 parts of water with 1/3 parts household cleaner. Keep the solution out of reach of pets and children, and leave it to soak in this solution for a number of hours, say, overnight,
Next, cover the plug, then clean the jewelry with rubber gloves on to protect your skin. Once clean, hold it firmly and run the ring under clean, cold water. You could scrub it with a wet washcloth and/or a soft-bristled toothbrush, especially on the hard to reach areas like the diamond’s underside.
Once you are certain that the ring is completely clean and the solutions rinsed off, Dry it off in a safe and secure place. You could also dry it using a clean, dry, lint-free cloth.
Precautions to take when cleaning and maintaining tour platinum diamond ring
- Avoid cleaning the ring using ultrasonic cleaners. Though convenient and easy to use, you should avoid cleaning the ring in an ultrasonic cleaner. The ultrasonic cleaner’s agitation and vibrations may weaken and knock off the diamond, especially if the diamond isn’t held in place securely. And since the diamonds have inclusions, the ultrasonic cleaner would only accentuate the flaws in the diamonds. And if you have to use the ultrasonic cleaner, you may want to make sure that the diamond is untreated and without any inclusions.
- Don’t clean it with harmful chemicals. Platinum diamond rings may be made of some of the toughest metals, but they aren’t resistant to chemicals. This means that you need to avoid cleaning the jewelry with harsh chemicals because the chemicals might break apart the base metals while also staining or spotting the platinum. Some of the chemicals to avoid include acetone, bleach, and chlorine. Also, avoid using abrasive cleaners like powdered cleaners or toothpaste because these may scratch the platinum, affecting its natural luster. Also, avoid cleaning or swimming with the ring on.
- Store the platinum diamond ring in a dry, clean place using a pouch or and fabric-lined box.
- Remove the ring when taking part in outdoor and physical activities like cleaning, gardening, etc.
- Wear the ring only after applying to makeup or lotions or perfumes and only after your skin is dry
- Take the ring to the jewelers annually to ensure that the setting is safe and secure and that the diamond doesn’t fall out.
- Clean the ring every few weeks to keep out the oils and chemicals, especially if you wear the ring often.
- Avoid polishing cloths
Polishing your platinum diamond ring might sound challenging at first, but the methods recommended above are some of the best options for you.