Moissanite engagement rings are a beautiful investment that will last your whole lifetime.
As the second hardest gemstone on earth, moissanite is extremely durable and highly scratch resistant, making it perfect for everyday wear as your engagement ring stone. Like most brides, we understand that you absolutely adore your beautiful ring and would love to be able to wear it every waking minute! However, like all precious gemstones, your moissanite stone is not totally indestructible and will need special care throughout your lifetime to ensure it remains just as sparkly as the day you received it. Luckily, it is very easy to maintain your moissanite engagement ring’s sparkle and we’re here to help you keep your ring sparkling for many years to come!
We’ve compiled some of our most asked questions about caring for your moissanite engagement ring and have provided you with all the information you could possibly need to maintain your moissanite’s dazzling beauty!
Most Asked Questions
Yes, you can wear your moissanite engagement ring in the shower. On its own, water will not harm your moissanite stone. However, repeated exposure to soap, shampoo and conditioner can create a build-up of oils on the surface of your ring. This can give your stone a filmy appearance, dulling its sparkle. Although this is not permanent and can be removed with a good clean, it may be more easily avoided by removing your ring before showering.
In general, you do not need to take off your moissanite engagement ring to wash your hands. Using soap and water on your ring is actually one of the best at-home methods for cleaning your ring! However, please be aware that harsh or acidic chemicals can wear down the rhodium plating of your ring and if your ring’s metal is 14K or 18K white gold, a natural yellow hue may begin to appear after prolonged exposure. If in doubt, remove your ring and place it in clear view on a stable surface before immediately putting it back on once your hands are dry.
Hand sanitiser contains harsh chemicals that can harm your ring’s precious metals over time. These chemicals can cause discolouration and structural damage to your ring’s setting and with prolonged exposure, can loosen the prongs that hold your precious moissanite stone in place. To avoid this, simply remove your ring to sanitise your hands and put it back on after your hands have dried.
We highly recommend removing your moissanite engagement ring before getting in the pool. Although it is safe to wear your moissanite engagement ring in water, it can be harmful to wear it in the pool due to the high levels of chlorine in the water. Chlorine will not directly affect your moissanite stone but it can add grime to the surface of your gemstone, blocking light from entering the stone and dulling its sparkle.
While chlorine will not damage your stone, it will harm the precious metals of your ring. Chlorine is a harsh chemical that can discolour the precious metals of your ring, particularly 18K gold. This is because the gold used in jewellery is usually a mix of metals. For example, 18k gold is a combination of 75% gold and 25% metal alloy, which can be a mix of various metals including copper, zinc or silver. Copper is extremely susceptible to chlorine and, if damaged, will weaken the structure of your ring’s setting. Often, this damage is not visible to the naked eye and only becomes noticeable once the prongs become weak and compromised. If your ring’s prongs are not solid, your stone may fall out.
We recommend removing your moissanite engagement ring before playing or swimming in the ocean. In a similar way to chlorine, the sodium chloride (NaCL) from salt water can discolour the precious metals of your ring and weaken the joints of your ring’s setting. The impact of salt water on your ring is a gradual process and often isn’t noticed until a prong becomes too weak to hold the stone in place – and by then, it’s too late!
Another reason we recommend removing your ring before getting into the sea is due to the cold water and the way it can shrink your fingers. As your fingers temporarily shrink, your ring will fit more loosely and is at risk of slipping off in the water. To play it safe, always remove your engagement ring before going into the ocean.
You should not wear your moissanite engagement ring in the hot tub. Although your ring will not be affected by water, the chemicals used to treat the water in a hot tub can cause structural damage to your ring’s setting. Not only this, but it can discolour the precious metals used in your ring. To avoid damaging your ring’s setting, we recommend always removing your moissanite engagement ring before getting in the hot tub – just make sure to place it somewhere safe!
This is totally up to personal preference, but to be extra safe we’d recommend removing your moissanite engagement ring before going to bed. Although it isn’t necessarily dangerous for you to wear your ring to bed, there is a chance that you could snag it on your sheets, hair or clothes during the night (especially with a raised setting!). This could damage the prongs of your ring and loosen the stone in its setting. If you do choose to remove your ring, make sure to place your ring in a safe place such as a ring dish, fabric-lined jewellery box or a ring pouch.
Once you’ve received your dream engagement ring, we can understand why you’d never want to take it off – nothing quite beats the beautiful sparkle of a moissanite engagement ring! With a 9.25-9.5 ranking on the Mohs hardness scale, moissanite is one of the most durable substances on earth and is highly scratch resistant – making it perfect for daily wear. However, it can be risky to wear your engagement ring all the time and there are some situations where it would be safer to remove your moissanite ring. Some activities that can pose a risk to your ring include swimming, exercising, cleaning, cooking and gardening. The chemicals used in pool water and household solutions can damage the precious metals used in your ring’s setting and can create a film on the surface of your stone, dulling its sparkle. There is also a chance that your moissanite ring could be knocked during heavy housework, potentially damaging your stone or its setting. You will be the best judge of whether your ring is in danger but if ever in doubt, we’d recommend just removing your ring and storing it somewhere safe – it is always better to ensure the safety of your beautiful, extremely valuable custom piece.
It is best not to wear your moissanite engagement ring to the gym. If you are performing any activity that involves contact (e.g. lifting weights, boxing), then you should definitely take off your ring. Activities that require you to grip something with force can damage the metal of your ring and with repeated force, may cause your band to snap.
Deciding whether to wear your moissanite engagement ring when exercising comes down to personal preference and the type of exercise you are engaging in. Some forms of exercise, such as weight lifting or contact sports, can put your engagement ring at higher risk for damage as these activities involve physical contact. Other types of exercise such as running or cycling are not as dangerous and, with the appropriate care, are perfectly safe for your ring. It is important to remember that your moissanite engagement ring is a delicate piece of jewellery and needs to be treated with care. If you are even slightly concerned about damaging your engagement ring whilst working out, it is best to remove your ring and store it somewhere safe until you are finished.
It is best to use your own personal judgement when deciding when to take off your moissanite engagement ring. If you are ever concerned about the safety of your engagement ring, we would always recommend taking it off and storing it somewhere safe. We strongly recommend removing your ring for activities such as exercising, swimming, cooking, cleaning, gardening and sleeping.
When you’re not wearing it, you should always store your moissanite engagement ring in a place that is both safe and memorable to you. It is also important to note that moissanite is an extremely hard stone – second only to a diamond! – and can very easily scratch your other gemstones if not stored properly. To protect both your moissanite ring and your other jewellery, it is safest to store your moissanite ring in a fabric lined case, ring pouch or in the box that it came in.
Cleaning your moissanite engagement ring at home is actually very easy! You can clean your engagement ring at home using products that you already own. Simply fill a bowl with warm water and add some liquid dish soap. Let your ring soak for a few minutes before using a soft toothbrush to carefully scrub your ring, focusing on the hard to reach areas within the setting. After your engagement ring is nice and clean, rinse it well under running water and either let it air dry or use a lint-free cloth to dry it off.
Make sure to avoid using any harsh cleaning products on your ring, as this can corrode your ring’s precious metals. If your ring requires a deeper clean, you can use a moissanite-specific commercial jewellery cleaner – just make sure it is non-toxic and non-abrasive. Ammonia is also a good option – simply mix one part ammonia to 2 parts water and gently scrub with a toothbrush before rinsing under warm water.
We recommend having your moissanite engagement ring professionally cleaned at least once a year, as this will remove the natural build-up of oils and grime on the surface of your ring. A professional can also inspect your ring for any loose stones and ensure your prongs are still in good shape. Getting a professional deep clean will bring your moissanite’s sparkle back to its original brilliance!
You can clean your moissanite engagement ring as often as you like! Moissanite is a very low-maintenance stone and holds its sparkle very well, meaning it will rarely look dirty. However, with everyday wear, oils, lotions and grime can accumulate on the surface of your ring and it’s a good idea to remove this by washing your ring regularly. Your moissanite ring can be washed with a gentle soap and warm water mixture and if you’d like a deeper clean, we’d recommend having your engagement ring professional cleaned once a year.
Your moissanite engagement ring has been crafted with the utmost care and attention and is a priceless symbol of your love. We understand that it is a valuable investment and for this reason, we provide a lifetime warranty on the fire and brilliance of your moissanite stone. We also provide a 12 month manufacturing warranty on all of our jewellery. To provide yourself with full peace of mind, we highly recommend insuring your ring against loss.
Why Cullen Moissanite?
At Cullen Moissanite, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide exquisite, high-quality sustainable jewellery to our valued customers. Our engagement rings are artfully designed and specially made to order – meaning that your moissanite ring is special and unique to you alone! We use the highest quality moissanite and source all of our stones from an Australian company named Radiant Beauty. This makes our rings ethical, sustainable and fully traceable, allowing us to provide a lifetime guarantee on the brilliance of our stones. Furthermore, our jewellers are located right here in Melbourne – meaning if any changes need to be made to your ring, they can be done quickly and easily. As a small business, we care about each and every one of our customers and work with you every step of the way to bring your dream ring to life!
Your moissanite engagement ring is a precious investment – so you need to treat it like one! To maintain your engagement ring’s beautiful sparkle, it is important to take appropriate care of your stone throughout your lifetime. This means protecting it from exposure to harmful substances and from activities that could damage either the stone, precious metals or setting of your ring.
Do you still have questions about the care of your moissanite engagement ring? Drop your questions in the comment section below and we’ll give you our best advice!