(Closed) How do you keep your diamonds sparkly?

posted 10 years ago in Rings
Post # 19
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Busy bee

Gel toothpaste still contains abrasives, they’re just "invisible". I just googled. lol.

Post # 20
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

I put a little warm water and a splash of ammonia in a ceramic ramekin, let the ring soak in it for about 10 minutes, and then give it a little scrub-a-dub with a soft toothbrush and a rub down with a lint-free cloth.  It comes out sparkling!

Post # 21
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Busy bee

Also, the reason the machine cleaners are kinda iffy is that some people complain that the stones can become loose after using it. However, if your jeweler used the right methods to set the stone, you shouldn’t have a problem.

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

My fiance’s family is in the jewelry business.  They told me to use a toothbrush and some regular soap, or boil it!

Post # 23
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Hello…

Our jeweler suggested 3 oz of Fantastik, with 6 oz of hot water. We have a sonic cleaner but, he said even soaking it in that and cleaning with a soft toothbrush works great.

Post # 25
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Plus, get your ring checked every few months to avoid any loose stones. I notice any time i walk into a jewelry store "just to look" at wedding bands (which I do occassionally….just to get mine cleaned!!!) they always offer to clean it, no questions!

I’m totally doing this the day of my wedding and then boxing that baby up so it’s sparkly on the day of! 

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have mine cleaned at the jewelry store and in between I just use a regular jewelery cleaner and wipe it with a soft cloth.

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

If your jeweler provides the lifetime careplan, take advantage of the annual rhodium plating! All scratches are buffed out, and the metal is restored to it’s shiny state. This will make your ring look like "new" again!

Post # 28
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Bee Keeper

I like to use my clarisonic with the face soap on it when I’m done washing my face, LOL.  It always comes out looking so nice!

Post # 29
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I have tried many many methods to clean my rings but the BEST thing I have tried is to simply soak my ring in HOT HOT nearly boiling water.  I figured this out after my ring was steam cleaned at my jeweler.  My ring has never been SO sparkling as the times I get it Steam cleaned.  When I told my jeweler this he said it is because the heat of hte steam loosens all of the gunk (dish soap, hair product, lotion, hand soap, etc.) that gets stuck on and creates a film on the diamonds and gold with does not come off with regular jewelry cleaner or water.  So he suggested that I use REALLY hot water at home and just soak my ring in it.  It works like a charm and I don’t have to worry about being too abrasive on the gold or loosening the stones.  Who knew – hot water!??!

Post # 30
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

my grandfather is a jeweler and cleans and steams it for me as often as I want!  I usually get it done about once a month. 

I also use some really good solution with a brush that usually works pretty well, in between cleanings. 

Post # 31
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

I soak my ring in hot water with a gentle soap. afterwards, a little scrub with a soft bristled tooth brush helps get into the cracks! It makes the ring definitely look like new!

Post # 32
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I think cleaning most jewelry with regular toothpaste and a toothbrush is okay. The only exception I remember for real jewelry are pearls. Pearls have a special finish on them and the finish is worn off quickly by the paste.

But ladies, as long as you have a real diamond, the only thing that can mess up your diamond is another diamond. So as long as you aren’t cleaning it with a diamond tipped brush, I think it should be fine.

Post # 33
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@fizicsGirl My jeweler said that about the toothpaste because it eventually dulls the diamonds because of residue that’s left behind that can be quite difficult to get off.  They said it has nothing to do with the brush, it’s the toothpaste and it can also be harmful to the setting.  And they said you wouldn’t believe it, but toothpaste is pretty abrasive.  I’m no pro, but I tried it and some got stuck under my stone and we had a hell of a time getting it out.  That’s when we had the no toothpaste discussion. 

I’m trying the hot water and sonic toothbrush tricks tomorrow!  You know, we should really submit this problem for MythBusters to solve!

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