How to Keep that Bling in Your Platinum Ring (a.k.a. Jewelry Cleaning Tips!)
All precious metals age with daily wear— even platinum, which is the most durable of all! Although platinum doesn’t wear away or diminish over time, it does develop a rich finish over time, called a patina. Many people prefer the patina look, which can imbue a vintage feel, but if you like your platinum stunner to stay extra shiny, you can have your platinum jewelry polished. Taking care of platinum is actually quite simple. By following these tips, your platinum jewelry will stay looking its best year after year.
For the DIY’ers
Cleaning platinum at home is just as simple as cleaning any of your other fine jewelry. Use a mild solution of soap and warm water, and gently rub it with a soft microfiber cloth or a toothbrush. Be careful not to snag anything on the prongs! You can also purchase a jewelry cleaning solution designed specifically with platinum in mind at most jewelry stores.
When you’re not wearing your platinum jewelry, make sure you store your pieces separately in a jewelry box or chamois bag so they don’t get scratched by other items. This will also slow the aging and patina process.
When to Call in the Professionals
The best way to get your platinum engagement ring or other jewelry looking new again is to take it to your local jeweler for a day at the spa (pro tip: hit up the spa yourself while your gems get pampered!). A professional cleaning will not only thoroughly clean the metal and the gemstones, the jeweler will also be able to inspect the settings and prongs and assess any issues with the piece.
For more jewelry cleaning tips, pop on over to this guide from our friends at Brides!