Post # 1
OK< so I have an OLD ring of my grandmothers. I never paid much attention to it because I had NO clue what the center stone was. I knew it wasnt a CZ or a diamond but it was set in 14k gold. After finding the bee, I realize it might be white topaz or white sapphire. Here is the problem–I clean my ring with that the gel cleaner that has the little brush. I clean my jewelry OFTEN and I do it in front of the TV. My daughter is usually next to me watching. One day, years ago, I had this ring on my end table (stupid, I know) and left it there. I walked into the family room to see my daughter PAINTING THIS STONE WITH CLEAR COAT NAIL POLISH!!!!!!!!!! She thought she was “cleaning” it for me. I wasn’t too upset because I didn’t really think this stone was anything. Will clear coat polish being on this stone for years affect it? Is it already too late? Now that I think it is a semi precious or precious stone, I am scared I ruined it.
Sorry to write a novel.
1. What do you think the stone is?
2. Is it ruined???? 🙁
ETA: it won’t let me upload…
Post # 4
I don’t think it would be ruined. Try removing the polish with acetone. Stones aren’t terribly porous and I don’t think it’s going to crumble.
Post # 5
There’s no real way of telling what the stone is from pictures. You should take it to a jeweler. I don’t think the nail polish will harm it if it’s a semi-precious or precious stone though.
It’s a very pretty ring!
Post # 6
Bump! Hopefully you find an answer. If the bee’s can’t help, perhaps you should take it to a jeweller to get their opinion and to have it appraised. If nothing else, it would be worth insuring, especially since it is an heirloom.
Post # 7
It’s impossible to tell, I would guess white topaz or white zircon though, just because a lot of white sapphires have inclusions that make the stone appear slightly cloudy. If it’s really old it could also be glass! I doubt it is ruined from the nail polish.
Post # 8
Thanks! ANy idea what stone it might be?
Post # 9
I agree that you have to take it to a trustworthy jeweller and they can tell you what stone it is.
Post # 10
@Over the Moon:
It always looked like glass to me! The 14k gold threw me off though.
It isnt normally shiny. It is quite cloudy but I just now super cleaned it trying to get the polish off.
What is zircon, exactly?
Post # 11
Thanks so much!! I know I shoudl take it in but I live in a small town with one jeweler and honestly, I dont like him very much. 🙁
But maybe I will just ask him what it is.
I love this forum! No other forum I have been on is helpful and nice like this!
ETA: any other guesses or advice still very welcome!
Post # 12
I just louped my stone and under the girdle on one side is a pretty big chip or inclusion of some kind. I hope it is from age and NOT from nail polish!
I got the polish off the top of the stone but cant get it off arond the prongs or the underside.
Post # 13
UPDATE: So, I went to the jeweler and he had no idea what it was! He said I would have to go to the closest city 90 miles away and have a gemologist there do a refactive index test on it to know for sure. So, i STILL don’t know what it is! 🙁
Post # 14
Keep us updated! Acetone should help get the polish off… maybe soak it in there for a whlie for near the prongs.
Post # 15
Good lord! Can you send it in the mail to the gemologist?