- 3 years ago
- Wedding: August 2012
I’ve had my moissanite for around 5 years and in that time have lived in different countries. Over time, the varying water qualities (some places had a lot of metal in their tap water) had caused a cloudy/rainbowy film to build up near the prongs of my stone. I tried everything to clean it– windex, sonic cleaner, the oil trick, steam. The stain is very small, bluish and cloudy, and not very noticeable, only if you turn it in certain angles, and it seems to build up in hard-to-clean areas.
I turned to google and found other moissanite owners have the same problem. Helpful link here:
They speculate could be mineral buildup from water, hairspray/lotion buildup, or even a reaction to some people’s body oils.
If you have this stain, fear not! I have found two ways to remove it– they both sound ghastly, but you need an abrasive to polish it off:
1. Take a magic eraser and scrub the stone
2. Zap it with toothpaste and an electric toothbrush.
I hate to think what these cleaning methods are doing to my setting, but it’s palladium and really sturdy. And the stains really bothered me, so it’s worth it. I usually only do this deep cleaning every 6 months or so. The toothpaste method worked for me after around 2 minutes of brushing– the bristles were able to reach those tiny areas near the prongs. Then I brushed under the stone for good measure and whoa– I haven’t seen it sparkle like this in years.
In the mean time, I’m trying to be more mindful of taking my ring off when I wash my hands– but then accidents happen that way too!
Anyone else had this film? Again, it could be all the crazy developing countries I’ve lived in and years of handwashing with high mineral/metal content. Other than this, I’ve had zero issues with moissanite and once I knew how to remove it, it’s not a problem at all!