rings in pan

I can never seem to get my engagement ring clean–no matter how much I soak it in cleaner and scrub it with a brush, it just doesn’t…well…smell right. I think anyone with a channel setting has this issue, since the little stones collect oil and grime in a way a solid band wouldn’t. Recently I met a Dutch woman who told me that the best way to clean them is to put them in a pan (not a non-stick pan), and heat it up. When it seems hot enough (I guess I waited about a minute from turning on the stove to turning it off), you pull the ring out, and spray it with Windex. My ring looked (and smelled) like new. Now I’m not sure how this translates to all different stones, because some could be affected by heat, so ask a jeweler or do some googling before you try it on something besides a diamond. And if you have some other suggestions for us, let us know.


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Comments (4)


  1. Posted by: jennifer

    soak in a small cup with a denture cleaner tablet! Then scrub with a toothbrush. A jeweler gave this tip to my mom ages ago. Do not do this for pearls as it will wear away the finish.

  2. Posted by: julia

    i have a channel setting too – i soak in vodka for about 10 mins, sometimes pop it in the microwave too, and then scrub with a toothbrush. also a jeweler tip. works like a charm.

  3. I do one of two things:
    1. soak it with denture cleaner (there’s something with the bubbles…)
    2. soak it in Windex
    Clean with a soft-bristled toothbrush & rinse before putting it back on.
    I’m pretty bad at cleaning my rings, though, so your not the only one!

    • Posted by: Yolanda Edwards

      Thanks for these ideas–they’re fantastic.

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