Post # 1
I phad my e-ring rhodium dipped and picked it up from the jewelers today…. on the walk back to my car, it was so sparkly and clean it was almost blinding! 🙂
After I got the ring six months ago, I was using an ammonia based jewelry cleaning liquid from Target — you dip the ring in the tub for 30 seconds and then rinse. But I’ve heard that causes your white gold to lose its “whiteness” faster. So I stopped doing that and switched to toothpaste and toothbrush.
I thought I was getting it pretty clean, but I’ve never seen my ring sparkle like it did this morning when I left the jewelers! I want that sparkle every day! (LOL)
I’m hunting on Amazon and I think I want to get an ultrasonic or steam cleaner. But I don’t know which one is better. I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!
Post # 3
I let it soak in distilled white vinegar, then pop it in the ultrasonic cleaner for a few minutes.
Post # 4
Great thread! I use a solution from the jewelry store. Not sure what’s in it, but I figure it our jeweler gave it to us, it’s safe.
I want an ultrasonic cleaner, too though. I’ve heard somewhere that they are bad for certain types of settings?
Post # 5
I’ve read up a lot on this… and here is what I’ve found
Your good diamond & gold jewellery doesn’t have to be seriously cleaned very often… washing your hands with a gentle soap (dish soap or hand soap) and water while wearing it will do a good job of keeping it clean.
Once in awhile it is fine to use either a Jewellery Cleaner (I use an alcohol based one, I wouldn’t want to use one with Ammonia… because that is a harsh cleaner and could ultimately hurt the gold or if you have other gemstones than just Diamonds), OR alternatively, even a spray of Eyeglass Cleaner or Windex does a fine job as well.
Toothpaste and Shampoo although touted aren’t really that great, because they have so many additives in them that create a film build up on the jewellery.
And I’ve heard that both Ultrasonic Cleaners and Steam Cleaners can damage the settings and loosen diamonds… not anything you’d want to see happen.
NOTE – As a Jewellery Lover… I can tell you that an Alcohol based Jewellery Cleaner is inexpensive and easy to find… either at a Department Store or a Jewellery Store (or even from Avon). It will work great on the majority of your Jewellery even Costume pieces.
BUT it is not something that you want to use on Pearls… pearls are extremely porus, and there is a specific product you can buy to clean them. If you own pearls, they are a lot like diamonds in that they need to inspected regularly… and occasionally restrung.
Hope this helps,
Post # 6
Thanks for the replies!
I thought the ammonia-based jewelry cleaner fluid would be OK too, because in the past it hasn’t created any problems with my yellow gold jewelry.
However, my e-ring is the first piece of white gold I’ve had and I was surprised at how much it lost its “whiteness” in such a short time after we got it. I’ve heard that with white gold, you shouldn’t need to have it rhodium dipped more than once a year at the most but mine needed to be dipped after only six months. Someone since told me that the ammonia based cleaning fluids are hard on white gold.
If anyone here uses an ultrasonic or steam cleaner, could you please also post the brand and let me know whether you recommend it or not? Thanks!
Post # 7
I use a cleaner called Fabuloso.(that you can get at the grocery store in the cleaning section) the lady at Kay’s said they used it. its like 2 bucks for a huge jug and you just add water to it let it soak and clean with a toothbrush it seriously looks brand new and SPARLKES! and it smells really good lol.
Post # 8
I use VODKA. I’m serious- coworker told me about it. I have a huge bottle of Svedka.
Post # 9
Thanks ladies! Keep the suggestions coming!
I just called my jeweler back and they said they use an ultrasonic.
Post # 10
I’ve heard vinegar eats away at white gold, so I wouldn’t use that! Dish soap isn’t very good either.
OP I love my ultrasonic, but have never tried a steam cleaner.
Post # 11
@jouissance: Oh my gosh I may have to try that just to see what happens!
Post # 12
Not surprised at the suggestion of using Vodka… as it certainly has been used by others over the years as a fabulous Glass Cleaner because it dissinfects & cleans too (again the alcohol in it).
To be honest, as I had the vodka out an available on Christmas Day at our Condo in Myrtle Beach, I wiped down our glass top Dining Room table just before we sat down to Christmas Dinner… because I had forgottten to pick up some glass cleaner at the Grocery Store.
Lol, the table sparkled!! And so did the Hostess, as she had downed a Bloody Caesar while cheffing in the kitchen.
Post # 13
I USE THE STORE TYPE CLEANER AND TAKE MY RING IN FOR OCASIONAL CLEANINGS WHERE MY FIANCE GOT IT FROM TO KEEP ITS WARANTY
SORRYFOR CAPS AND SPELLING DIDNT FEEL LIKE SPELL CHECK TODAY lol 🙂 BEEN SO BUST DOING LAST MINUTE PLANNING FOR THE WEDDING IN 3 MONTH AND THIS JUST REMINDED ME I HAVE TO MAKE ANOTHER APPOINTMENT TO GET MY RING CLEANED SOON BEFORE THE BIG DAY
Post # 14
I use diamond dazzle stick once a week and am quite happy with it.
I’ve heard ultrasonics should not be used on pave settings, but are ok for other types.
Post # 15
I just use a toothbrush and rubbing alcohol. I think jewelry cleaning machines are kind of a waste of money. if you get gunk deep into the ring, take it in to where you bought it for a free cleaning.
Post # 16
I selected “other”. When I get my ring cleaned at the jeweler they first place it in the ultrasonic cleaner and then put it under the steam cleaner. It comes out clean and super sparkly!