DO: First, determine what has dirtied your ring. Thick layers of muck and gunk are typically best dealt with by a professional jeweler. Everyday substances like makeup, hair product, or lotion, can usually be dealt with at home. A solution of warm water and dish soap is the most simple household remedy. Soak for 15-30 minutes, gently brush with a soft bristle toothbrush, and rinse with warm water. This can be repeated as many times as necessary until the optimal amount of sparkle has been reached.
DON'T: Never use chemicals such as bleach or acetone to clean your wedding ring, and avoid chlorine (including wearing your ring in the pool) for good measure. Toothpaste and baking soda can also prove harmful. The key to proper wedding ring care is to treat the piece as delicately as possible. Diamonds are generally tough, but these products may scratch the ring's gold base. And again, if your ring seems to require more than a dish soap suds job, contact your local jeweler for a professional cleaning! It's also a good idea to have the stones professionally tightened once or twice a year for good measure.