Best cleaning method to date!

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

msformaldehyde:  This is exactly the method I use– sans the dish soap (although I will try it!) and it cleans everythig even under my bezel!!  If you use a regualr toothbrush on most rings, they will, over time scratch.  BUT– I found a baby toothbrush (like one with bristle meant for baby’s gums) and it’s the softest thing ever– and I do use it on my ring and have been for months– doesn’t scratch it at all!! (I have more metal than most on my ring!)

Post # 5
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1177 posts
Bumble bee

msformaldehyde:  someone on the boards once said that boiling water might not be the best for stones so i would cool that off a bit. But thanks, I’ll try it!

Post # 7
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3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

No boiling H2O! When the stone cools off, after being doused w/boiling water it is exposed to air – air that is substantially cooler than boiling H2O. It could conceivably crack the stone. Warm H2O is sufficient.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

msformaldehyde:  Just make sure it’s not any “baby” toothbrush– some of them look like they are for babies, but the bristles are still not lush.  I don’t remember the brand I bought– but I bought it at Mississippi Market, and it was my son’s toothbrush for awhile!!  Then it graduated to stone cleaner.  I about to get another because it’s getting a little old– I will keep the box this time!

 

Also– I don’t know why boiling water would hurt diamonds or Moissy…..doesn’t make sense.

I boil mine in the microwave, but by the time I take it out and throw my ring it, it’s just scalding hot, not a true boil.  I’ve been doing it for many months and see nothing but sparkle!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Honestly I found that putting it in a shot glass of vodka sparkles it right up without scrubbing! 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I use this method too! I do it almost every time I make tea 🙂 That being said, I read somewhere that ammonia is safe for use with platinum but not with gold. I’m not sure if this is true or not, but I’d be a bit weary of this method if I had gold… 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

msformaldehyde:  I just googled this issue this morning.  While there isn’t extensive detail, it seems to me the majority of “warning” is about proper cooling (which I leave mine in until it cools all the way, too)– which I assume would be more of an issue for heavily included stones.  Also, it’s about the gold warping, and then making the stone loose. 

 

Then again, some jewlers recommend boiling your rings for cleaning!!  So who knows.  I have used ammonia with my gold often and there hasn’t been any problems.  I don’t know if that’s because it’s dipped in rhodium (which is “better” than platinum”– or??

 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

ashleynicoleisengaged:  I just read this, too– do you heat the vodka, or just use it room temp?

 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Vegas baby!

I have just been using dawn dish soap, warm water, and a baby tooth brush. works great! 

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