Taking any jewelry to get professionally cleaned can be a waste of time—and it ends up costing you a lot, too. But if it's your engagement ring, just parting with it for a few days can be fairly distressing.
Diamonds are actually fairly straightforward to clean yourself—the main thing is being as gentle as possible.
TheDiamondStore.co.uk suggests dunking dull, dusty diamonds in a glass of pure vodka for one minute to bring them back to life, rinsing afterwards in warm water and patting dry with a clean cloth.
Steve Bennett, CEO and founder of Gemporia.com also has expert advice for diamonds that are a little dirtier.
"You should use a soft toothbrush with lukewarm soapy water," Steve explains. "Diamonds are fairly indestructible but due care and attention should be used when cleaning the prongs—they should not be moved which is why a soft toothbrush should be used instead of a cloth.
"A soft toothbrush will clean the hard to reach areas without scratching the engagement ring."
Try soaking the ring for 20 minutes first and remember, never use abrasive or particularly harsh chemicals to try and remove dirt; bleach, chlorine, and even toothpaste can have a negative effect on the ring metal.
When you're going about your daily life it's good to bare in mind that certain products like hairspray and furniture polish can cause lasting damage to your ring—so try to remove it before styling your hair or cleaning the house.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.