(Closed) Mondays are “Clean Your Rings” Day

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

I have been wearing mine straight since february and have not cleaned it once, sounds like I should start though…

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Loribeth:  Great idea! I cleaned mine for the first time after two months when I forgot to take my ring off while helping my Maid/Matron of Honor do some DIY housework (sanding, steaming off wallpaper, steaming off popcorn cieling, and spackling) I had a momentary freak out and then I remembered that hot water, soap, and a toothbrush does a girl good. My ring looked brand new 😀 I’m thinking once a week is a good habit to get into though.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I use toothpaste and it works amazingly. It always looks so sparkly afterwards. And a few nights ago I left my ring in lemon juice over night and it was SO shiny and beautiful the next day! I think it looked even better than when it was brand new!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Preface: I am a jeweler.

I am sorry but this is BAD advice. I’m not going to say you should never use the ammonia method on your jewelry but you should most certainly not be doing it once a week! Ammonia causes gold alloys to become brittle – to the point where even a dilute solution, used too frequently, can make your prongs wear away or break. Last week, I had a customer whose white gold diamond stud settings actually crumbled away because she was doing ammonia soaks.

I recommend you use a little Windex (which is ammonia based but only a tiny amount) and dish soap, but do NOT do it weekly, and do NOT actually soak the jewelry in anything other than jewelry cleaner purchased for that express purpose. Ammonia soaks are playing roulette with your diamond. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Are any of these cleansing agents too abrasive or damaging for stones?  Especially for non-diamonds?

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@tonights:  Is a baking soda/water mixture ok to use on white gold? I’ve been cleaning mine with a baby toothbrush every few weeks. It makes the stone look great, but I’m always a little paranoid about what it’s doing to the metal.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@tonights:  thanks for the heads-up!

Can I ask a question? My jeweller suggested that I use a toothbrush and a bit of dish soap or glassses cleaner. I use the super-soft head from my ultrasonic toothbrush that’s now dedicated to ring cleaning. Can I use this once a week?

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Let me also mention that ammonia is also not great for platinum, as it can eventually darken your alloy. I forgot that before. 

I actually don’t like baking soda for anything except sterling, where it’s ideal to remove oxidation. Baking soda (and toothpaste) are a little abrasive for gold and platinum. Basically nothing will actually damage your diamond itself – not even ammonia – but it’s your setting that you need to be careful with. If your setting wears away, you are in danger of losing your stone. 

I give my customers a little jar of jewelry cleaning concentrate. You might try asking your jewelers if they have similar things and if not, check a place like Target. Most of those are formulated to be safe for everything, even porous semiprecious stones and pearls. Those are the ONLY chemicals I recommend a “soak” in. For your diamond rings, give a quick squirt of Windex, rub with a soft toothbrush and rinse thoroughly. It’ll make a difference but not hurt the setting. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Ivorybuttons:  Yeah, that works fine! Dish soap removes grease, which is the major reason diamonds look dull – their chemical structure actually attracts grease like a magnet! So a quick scrub with dish soap and a soft brush is perfectly acceptable and will help remove the nasty grease buildup. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

I clean mine every day 🙂

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Loribeth:  I explicitly said that it’s got ammonia in it. I’m saying do not soak in any ammonia solution, and don’t do ammonia cleansing weekly. Sorry if that was unclear. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

just droped mine in the ultra sonic 😀

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