Post # 1
Diamonds attract oil that, over a period of time, oxidises in the air. The oxidised oil is very sticky and hard to remove from a diamond, even with the usual cleaning detergents. But luckily, oxidised oil dissolves in new oil and the new oil is not so sticky and so can easily be removed. Therefore it makes sense to dip a diamond ring in new oil before applying any form of cleaning product.
This is what I do.
I take an egg cup and fill in to 1cm depth with baby oil. I place my diamond ring in the baby oil for ten seconds. I then rinse the ring in water and place it in another egg cup with 1cm of dish soap (washing up liquid) for ten seconds. I then rinse the ring in water and give it a quick squirt of windex (windolene). I rinse again and place the ring back on my finger to air-dry. The whole procedure takes less than 30 seconds.
The diamond is perfect and no rubbing, ultrasound or aggressive chemicals are involved. It’s quick, inexpensive and does not risk damage to the setting. [Just remember to put the plug in the sink.}
I’m amazed that no one has come up with this idea before!
Post # 3
Maybe it is just me but I am not sticking my diamond ring in oil, sorry. The lady at my jewelry store says Windex is the best way to keep the diamond shiny and I have jewelry cleaner and a baby toothbrush as well for when the setting needs a good cleaning.
Post # 4
Yeah I just stick mine in a bowl with dish soap and gently scrub for a couple seconds…that gets it squeaky clean. Dunno how I’d feel about sticking it in oil….I’ll take your word on it OP!
Post # 5
Windex and a soft toothbrush is my go to also. AND, my ring isn’t going near a sink, plugged or not..just sayin!
Post # 6
seems pretty complicated. I just use dish soap and a kid’s toothbrush.
Post # 7
@Supersleuth: Hmmmm…I’m super leary to put my baby in oil. Will have to ask the jeweler about that one.
Post # 8
@DaisyBelle: I’m also a fan of dish soap!
Post # 9
Oil isn’t the “enemy” of diamonds. It’s the chemical products of the oxidisation of oil in air – aldehydes, ketones, alcohols and acids. It’s these we need to get rid of.
I’m just off to clean my ring. 🙂
Post # 10
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!
I just use toothpaste and a toothbrush. The fluoride ions in tooth paste helps to pull out all the gunk.
Post # 11
Billsgirl, please what ever you do don’t dip your baby in jewellery cleaner.
Post # 13
Or I could just keep scrubbing my ring with dawn.
Post # 14
@Supersleuth: I don’t understand why you used a poll if you are TELLING us your way of cleaning works.
Post # 15
@shortie1848: I agree, But I still voted no. I dont agree with putting it in oil, also I use cleaner my jeweler gave us and it works great. Too each their own : )
Post # 16
@Supersleuth: I would think rubbing alcohol might be a good solvent in your case as well, although I’ve never tried it (I don’t have this issue since I have a moissy). Usually just some hand soap and a soft toothbrush once or twice a year keeps my rings clean.