Anyone else here obsessed with the sparkle and clean their rings daily? I soak my rings twice a week (once before the work week and once before the weekend) in dawn and scrub using a baby toothbrush. The other days I use my diamond dazzle stick and blow dryer. What are your routines?
I soak whatever rings I am wearing for the day in the morning while I get ready. Warm water, Dawn, a little ammonia or Windex. Let soak a few minutes, scrub with baby toothbrush, soak a few minutes more, rinse and dry (either with microfibre cloth or hairdryer). About once a week I also clean them with either diluted vinegar or 99% isopropyl alcohol. When the opportunity arises, the non-pave rings go in our commercial ultrasonic at our business (with either vinegar, Dawn, or a special solution we use for cleaning regulators and other equipment).
I’m also a bit obsessed with cleaning mine. I have a London blue topaz and haven’t researched about if I can still use my diamond dazzle stik. But I’ve been using my liquid cleaner for gemstones. I drop it in that about two-three times a week and then dry them off with a polishing cloth. I just love the way they sparkle after! 🙂 If I ever run out of cleaner I just use dawn dish soap and it works nice, too!
Sweet.Sugar.Rose : What gemstone cleaner do you use? And which polishing cloth? I have a sapphire, and I just took mine for a quick clean at Kay’s, and there was a considerable difference in sparkle between dawn soap and whatever jewelery cleaner they used.
libra12 : Walmart, jewelers, and so on all sell jewelery cleaners but they are all the same thing. The regular ones (some are pearl safe, etc) are basically ammonia (like in Windex) and water. This is why I add Windex or ammonia to my Dawn solution. Kay’s may use an ultrasonic, most jewelers do unless it is not ultrasonic safe.
I like Sunshine polishing cloths, or ones I received with my rings, but don’t use on plated gold and you should go light/infrequent on anything other than platinum or palladium, to be honest. Make sure to also be careful if polishing near softer gems. Use a regular microfibre cloth on plated gold and other golds to minimize wear of the plating or loss of gold.
deelybobber : Yep my toothbrush and dawn soap are on the sink in our half bathroom My Darling Husband thinks I’m absolutely insane. I keep reminding him that I’m just trying to take care of his investment lol
I use an amazing cleaner I bought at a boat show a good 15 years ago. Having trouble finding it as when I ordered it aNF it came repackaged under another name and is not as effective. It’s called “touch of purple” and its AMAZEBALLS. I also tried this method the other day but worry about the abrasive quality of baking soda but i have to admit it cleans just as well as the touch of purple and my diamonds really gleamed. Probably not good on played gold or gemstones so wouldn’t use it on those ever. Also found a site saying it’s not a good idea but man does it work well
RayKay : Hi , I was going to ask you if Windex is ok on 14 and 18k white gold, someone suggested to me it would not be ok longterm, is this what you are calling “plated”???? I get them redipped once a year to regain the white look so Im wondering if this is what you are referring to?? hope this makes sense. Im a tad green 🙂
libra12 : I don’t do this every day, but I soak my jewelry in (cheap) vodka for 10 or 20 minutes, rinse well, then gently brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush to get any leftover gunk out. My transparent gems really sparkle after that.
I told that to someone who said that it was a waste of good booze, but I told him that you don’t have to use the good stuff! 😉
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