Post # 1
I used to just go by the jewelry store where my friend worked and get a free polish every week, but I’ve moved now to a small town and they don’t even have a jewelry store. I don’t have access to any polishers until we head into the city for a visit maybe in a few weeks? But rings dirty so quickly (and I try to take exceptional care, they’re always removed when I will be dealing with any substance, incl. water), especially my tanzenite ring (holy mother it sparkles when clean, but otherwise looks like a dull rock in a week).
So what do you ladies do to keep your e- and other rings clean and sparkly? Any recommendations for polish/cleaner when I take a trip? Any at home jobs you can do for your ring that will keep it nice without harming it (all of mine are white gold)?
Post # 3
My Fiance cleans it in a solution from the jewelers 🙂 it comes with a little brush to get inbetween the diamonds.
Post # 4
I just use the solution for the local drug store and clean it once a week. Another thing that helps for build up it to soak your ring overnight in warm water.
Post # 5
If I am going to go out somewhere, I do a really quick clean with a bit of windex. I spray it on the ring, wash it off with a bit of water and dry it on something very soft, like a t-shirt. This just gets the general finger smudges and such off and gives it an extra bit of sparkle. I do not like store bought ring cleaning solutions very much, because I feel that they eat away at the plating on my white gold ring too quickly.
So, I use the special brush and cleaning stuff once every month or two, and windex once a week in between. Everybody has their own tricks, though. 🙂
Post # 6
@ladyrose: Yeah, that’s what I was worried about, the plating. I think I’ll hold off buying anything generic until I can visit a jeweler’s, then.
Post # 7
i soak it in dawn in and warm water, works like a charm. Or i use a baby toothbrush and alcohol both work nicely.
Post # 9
I scrub gently with a really soft baby toothbrush and Dawn dishwashing detergent most of the time.
Post # 10
I use a drugstore cleaning solution every once in a while, scrub it with a toothbrush, and then rinse it off with water. In between uses, I just use water and the toothbrush. It stays nice and sparkly. The main culprit of my ring looking dull, I find, is soap or lotion getting into the groove on the underside of the ring, so it’s really the toothbrush that does the bulk of the work, but the cleaner loosens the grime and gets between the prongs.
I hadn’t heard about this type of cleaner hurting white gold. I’ll have to do some research, maybe ask my jeweler.
Post # 11
@anemonie: Yes, I think soap is an awful culprit, and oils from my skin. I’ll certainly have to buy a baby toothbrush, then. I’m super cheap, so I don’t like getting roped into buying “special” items when the alternative works just the same, so I think I’ll give my friend a call and see if she can recommend and DS cleaner that’s safe for plating.
Good to see so many bees with success with Dawn and DS cleaner, I hate monopolized niche markets!
Post # 12
Baby toothbrush and a mixture of hot water, dish soap (dawn) and windex. Soak for a few minutes and scrub with the toothbrush. Then dry with one of those special cloths! Works amazing!
Post # 13
You could buy an ultrasonic cleaner from amazon.
Post # 14
I use an ultrasonic cleaner on almost all of my jewelry. No cleaners– just water. Works great!
Post # 15
- Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo
Um, now I feel like a dirtball… I just wear it when I wash my hands and hair and dishes and such. Every once in a while I’ll take silver polish (it’s sterling) and polish the band and setting, and dish soap usually sparkles up the diamond (as much as any uncut diamond sparkles) just fine. For the wedding I’ll take it to a jeweler for a cleaning, but for now I feel like it gets clean enough washing my hands normally.
Post # 16
I scrub mine with a toothbrush and a paste made from baking soda and a few drops of water every week. This method may not be good for e-rings with lots of diamonds and prongs, but my e-ring is a simple solitaire and this method seems to work great. It sparkles like the day I got it.