Post # 16
This works wonderfully with diamonds, rubies and sapphires. Do NOT try this with pearls, opals and emeralds.
Oil builds up over time on diamonds and gradually hardens to form a substance not unlike a resin which is very resistant to the usual jewellery cleaners and dish soap (washing up liquid).
There is a solution. The resin will dissolve easily in new oil.
So the trick is to dip your diamond ring briefly in baby oil. Rinse it in water and THEN put it in the dish soap.
When you take the diamond ring out of the dish soap and rinse it the diamond will be clean. You won’t even need to scrub it.
I use egg cups for the baby oil and dish soap. I always remember to put the plug in the sink!
Post # 17
This is an interesting and informative thread. I use bicarbonate of soda for everything else, don’t know why l never thought of it for jewellery!
5-10 minutes of running hot water sounds like a huge amount of water though, we are very water conservation conscious here in Australia.
Post # 18
Wow! This is so informative. I’ve ever even thought about oil before. Do you only use baby oil?
Post # 19
Maybe this is a dumb question, but is there a reason no one really seems to be using a jewelry cleaner (besides cost, I guess)? I have a jewelry cleaner that seems to be, basically, clear liquid soap and came with a little brush that works great from what I can tell.
Could you share what brand polishing cream you use?
Post # 20
Dish soap and hot water. Occasionally windex!
Post # 21
I have a lot of gold jewelry so I bought an ultrasonic cleaner after Christmas last year and I love it. I used it recently to clean my grandmother’s original engagement ring and anniversary rings that haven’t been cleaned in years and they came out looking super sparkly
Post # 22
I use a Diamond Dazzle stick. It works well!
Post # 23
- Wedding: February 2005 - Shreveport, LA
I buy it from James Avery, here’s a pic of it….
Post # 25
This is great information everyone. I had no idea about dazzle stick at all. i will look more into it and buy one 🙂
Post # 26
I use this at least once a week. I soak for a few hours/overnight and then use the little brush around the prints/under the diamond. It works really well!
Post # 27
I love the Diamond Dazzle stick!
Post # 28
You posted this recipe awhile ago and it worked so well! Thanks for sharing.