(Closed) is there such a thing as too much ring cleaning?

posted 11 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I have had my ring cleaned once a month for the 19 months that I have been wearing it and it is perfectly fine. 

Don’t you just love that “just cleaned-super sparkly” look?

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I dont think once a month is excessive- I think if we were talking weekly depending on the design of your ring the prongs could become loose. But once a month- don’t think so.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@princess poolau – YES there is such a thing as too much cleaning.  I work for a luxury jeweler, I know what I’m talking about.  The machines that jewelry stores use will get your ring very clean, but they can/will also cause some wear and tear if used too often, particularly to pavé rings where the mini-vibrations from the machine can knock your stones loose or worse, out!  ALso, know that every time jewelery is professional polished, you loose a tiny bit of the metal…I would not recommend getting your ring professionally cleaned more than once every 6 months.  In between professional cleanings, there is a tried and true method that will not damage your ring: soap, water and a toothbrush!

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I use ammonia and water to soak my ring in overnight. Then i just rinse it off and dry it off, then put it back on. The vibrations of a professional cleaner are not to be used all that often. The ammonia’s not going to hurt your diamonds or gold, by the way. I do this probably twice a month. I wear mine ALL the time so it really helps keep it clean and sparkly =]

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I use that stuff in the red jar that is ammonia-free to clean it.  It has a little bursh in it.  Every time I go into a mall (which is incredibly infrequently), I get it cleaned.  I will definitely have it cleaned the day of the wedding, though.  I want it gorgeously sparkling. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

my jeweler uses a high pressure steamer to clean mine, and he said any time I am in the area to stop by and theyll do it.  I asked if I could do it too often, and they said with that method no, but yes with vibration or manual brushing TOO HARD or with harsh toothpaste (cannot use whitening or baking soda – buy kids training toothpaste or use ammonia or mr clean.)  they also check the prongs EVERY time I stop by, that helps

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I use the little red jar stuff from Target about once a week. Jelly Bean…do you just got into any jeweler in the mall and they clean it for free for you?? Ive never done that! The place where we got my ring is about 50 miles from us, so we only take it in when it needs repair/inspection and cleaning for warrenty or sizing…so it would be nice to take it to a local jeweler once a month or so and have it supersonic cleaned..

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I was told that the stuff in the red jar has abrasives in it (same with your toothpaste), so it was bad for the gold–leaves tiny microscratches that over time causes issues–esp white gold b/c it’s plated. I dunno, i used to use it all the time until my jeweler said not to. 

You can buy ammonia at Lowes or Target, wherever. It’s used to clean linoleum floors! So you can find it with the mops and other floor cleaning solutions. Also, i have lemon-scented ammonia–you just dilute it down, it’s not a big deal and not stinky

Kay’s at the malls always offer to clean jewelry for free. Also if you’re just one of those people browsing stuff, they tend to offer to clean it for you while you look at their sparklies =]

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

Ladies, if you go into the mall to have your rings cleaned, just be careful that it’s a reputable place. I’ve read stories about jewelry stores switching out the stones for fake ones. I don’t know how often this happens, and personally I think it sounds kind of complicated, but it’s just something to be aware of. I don’t think I’d trust my ring to anywhere other than where I bought it.

Post # 13
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Newbee

I’ve heard that the ultra sonic cleaner may loosen stones esp. from micro pave rings (the one that vibrates your ring in water/solution). There’s a steam cleaner similar to what KellyV mentioned…but a smaller home version called JewelJet or something. I think every 3-6 months at professional cleaners should be fine or take the advice of other ladies with soap + water + ammonia.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

My jeweler told me to use that stuff in the red jar, Connoisseur’s, every day, but I only use it about twice a week.  I gently brush my pave, bead set diamonds on the band with the brush and so far haven’t noticed any scratches or other problems (I’ve had it for about 7 months). My ring stays nice and sparkly and I get compliments on the sparkle all the time!  I’ve never taken it in anywhere to be professionally cleaned–I don’t like to have my ring off of my finger and in the hands of strangers! I know, paranoid…

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I use a cleaner safe for platinum & diamonds about once a week – about 3 times per month, in total. I usually have my fiance clean it for me while I am drying my hair in the morning or something like that. I wash my hands a lot (I have the world’s smallest bladder, haha) and apply lotion frequently, so it gets dingy fast. Cleaning it really does make a huge difference!

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