Post # 1
I want to share a problem i have already fixed in case any of you proud moissy owners should run across it yourselves. So about a week ago it dawned on me that the weird reflection off of my ring was not just my imagination, but a stain. Some of you may already have come across this and fixed it as well, but for those of you that currently dealing with it, this is for you!
The brown/rainbow looking smudges that slowly creeped up on my ring have to do with the adhesive that is used during the process of cutting moissanite. When you first get your ring its most likely that you cannot see it, if there is left over adhesive, but over time dirt will build up on it, and for me it started to cover every area of my ring.
Different people work with different products, some said car paint restorer(on betterthandiamond.com), and some said toothpaste or rubbing alcohol. My fiance used toothpaste and some rubbing alcohol and scrubbed the stone for about 10-15 minutes(stopping here and there to check our progress), with a soft bristled toothbrush. And it worked! I was so panicked that there was something seriously wrong with my moissanite and it turns out it is an easy fix, it just may take a little while to get every last bit of the adhesive off the stone.
Hope this helps!
Post # 3
here is the link to the thread on betterthandiamond for more info, somewhere in there someone posted a photo of what it looks like
Post # 4
I haven’t noticed this on my ring, but then again I’ve only had it for a couple weeks. Thanks for the heads up, though!! 🙂
Post # 5
@BrittMike12: Thank you for the post!! I noticed a dark spot after 6 months of having my ring and made the toothpaste past and rubbing alcohoL mixture. Worked like a charm. I was ready to return the ring before I read on this site that it was the glue.
Thank you for your post!
Post # 6
Hmmm, this might be a naive question, but I would think that they should send it to you completely free of any sort of adhesive residue or any other kind of residue??? I personally would be really frustrated if I get a moissy and that happens- I don’t want to have to worry about scrubbing it with toothpaste or anything else for 15 minutes every few months- I just want to clean it regular like any other stone… Is this really a common thing???
Post # 7
I was so glad I found this! I got my ring nine months ago and just noticed little stains on the stone, especially near the prongs, and my jewllery cleaner did not remove them even with intense scrubbing! But a minute of brushing with just some toothpaste got rid of them like a dream!
Post # 8
It seems to me this is not necessarily adhesive but rather that this material develops oil stains.
Post # 9
Long overdue update:
So I had sent my ring in to moissaniteco back in June of 2012 because contrary to what I wrote here, the ring continued to get these marks. I finally got so fed up with this issue that my husband asked moissanite co to replace the stone (as it was only 10 months old & this had been going on almost the entire time I owned it).
They did replace the stone, and it was perfect when I received it, but sure enough the smudges started to show in less than a months time. Basically I have come to think that this is something of a defect in the stone, that it is oil stains that the stone gets, as joya_aspera said in the PP.
In every other way I absolutely adore this stone, but for some reason I let this silly problem get under my skin, even still.
Im not planning to replace it or anything, but I sure wish there was a way to clean off the smudges. ( even when I clean with silver polish or goo gone there is still smudges on part of the stone)
Any advice would be appreciated 🙂
Post # 10
@BrittMike12: Maybe it’s unique to your body chemistry somehow? Just like some people’s white gold rings need to be replated often, others seldom ever have to replate their gold.
I’ve heard that those Magic Erasers have gotten the stains out from others’ stones. Search the Better Than Diamond forum for this issue as I’m certain there was at least one thread about this there with suggested solutions.
Post # 11
Weird. I’ve had mine 2 years and have had nothing of the sort. Maybe it’s like pfinarffle suggested? I’m even terrible about cleaning it (I think it’s been like 6 months sine the last time I even thought about it) and don’t have any spots.
Post # 12
I have never seen or heard of these spots until just now, and I’ve had my ring for 6 months. Does that mixture get rid of the adhesive for good or does the dirt build back up?
The only time I’ve ever gotten a brown stain on my stone is when I’ve left it on to make brownies:-)
Post # 13
Hmm, I’ve had my ring for a while now and I don’t have any marks. I did purchase my moissantie through a jeweler though. I don’t even clean the ring, and I never take it off. I’m going to go with skin chemistry though (I also don’t need my white gold redipped).
Post # 14
@housebee: I’m not sure what skin chemistry would have to do with dirt collecting on the top of the stone.
I did some research and appearantly this can happen with any stone. If adhesive is used when the stone is set it can collect gunk over time. So if you set you own stones at home, don’t use a method that involves adhesive.
Post # 15
I have come to think that this is something of a defect in the stone, that it is oil stains that the stone gets
@BuBuBubbles: I’m assuming that the oils are from OP’s skin. Again, I’ve never experienced this, or even seen it, so I can’t really say.
Post # 16
i kept seeing some marks on the top of my moissanite that looked as though they were scratches!
turns out – it was residue from my fingers and the lines i could see were my fingerprints! one quick wipe and they were gone.
not seen any brown smudge marks, though!