How to Polish Gold & Diamond Rings at Home

Over the course of normal wear, gold and diamond rings can become tarnished and dull from built-up residues, oils and dirt.
Dish soap is a safe, effective cleaning agent for gold and diamond jewelry.
While taking your ring to a professional cleaner can restore your jewelry's shine, it can be costly and inconvenient, leaving you without your jewelry for several days. Fortunately, you can safely and effectively clean gold and diamond jewelry at home, using only common household items and cleaning products. .

Step 1

Fill a small bowl with warm water and a teaspoon of liquid dish soap. Gently stir the water to evenly distribute the soap throughout the bowl. Submerge your ring in the solution and allow them to soak for 15 minutes to loosen dirt particles and penetrate built-up oils or residues.

Step 2

Remove the ring from the solution and use a small, soft-bristled toothbrush to thoroughly scrub it. Focus on the pockets around the diamond's setting and any engraving or indentations in the band where dirt may have accumulated.

Step 3

Cover the drain in your sink. Rinse your ring under the tap to remove loosened dirt particles and soap residue, which can give jewelry a dull, flat appearance.

Step 4

Buff your ring gently with a soft, dry cloth to polish the metal and prevent water spotting. For extra shine, finish with a special chemically treated polishing cloth, available from most jewelry retailers.

Things You Will Need

  • Small bowl
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Dry, clean cloth

About the Author

Elizabeth Olson has been writing since 2003, with work appearing in the academic journal "Universitas." Olson holds a Master of Arts in English literature from the University of Northern Iowa.