Can I Clean My Diamond Ring With Toothpaste?

Your diamond ring is a source of personal pride. It is a reflection of your style and personality. It's also a significant investment. This is why it's important to keep it debris-free and at maximum sparkle. So, how should you keep your diamond ring clean? A common misconception is that the best way to clean your diamond ring is with toothpaste. There are several reasons you should consider other options for cleaning your diamond ring. 

Mohs Scale

The Mohs Scale is a measure of hardness. Toothpaste can be quite abrasive with a hardness of 3-4. Precious metals such as silver and gold are much softer and can easily be scratched with toothpaste. While diamonds are much harder, they are still subject to surface abrasions from toothpaste. Pearls and opals are particularly vulnerable to discoloration and dullness from the use of toothpaste. 


Flavor oils give toothpaste its unique taste. These oils often contain chemicals that could be corrosive to the metals in your diamond ring. 


While toothpaste certainly can be used to clean your diamond ring, it's neither a safe choice nor a necessary one. There are many other options for keeping your diamond ring clean.

  • Jewelry-safe cleaning solutions are an easily-accessible and safer alternative to toothpaste. Cleaners specifically designed for your diamond ring will avoid dangerous and abrasive materials. Mild soap and water is a simpler solution, but it is imperative to know what's in soap used for this purpose. 
  • Professional jewelry cleaning is the safest method for keeping your diamond ring beautiful. Your professional jeweler has access to ultrasonic cleaners that use jewelry safe cleaners and sonic vibrations to create bubbles that bond to dirt and remove it from your ring. High-pressure steam blasts are another way for your jeweler to remove dirt and debris from your jewelry safely. Additionally, while being cleaned, your trusted professional jeweler has the tools and knowledge to inspect your diamond ring for worn or missing prongs that could lead to losing your diamond from its setting. 

Your diamond ring is a valuable asset. While keeping your ring clean and brilliant is important, safety while doing so is just as important. We're here for you to help you enjoy the sparkle of your diamond ring for years to come.