(Closed) Ring care

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

I use a soft bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive soap to clean my ring. It keeps it sparkly and pretty but without the damaging chemicals associated with some cleaners.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Our jeweler recommended Windex, but I find that the cleaning kits make it sparkle just as much. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I use an old toothbrush and toothpaste!  super sparkly!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Rhodium on white gold will wear over time, no matter how careful you are.  It’s just the nature of the beast, unfortunately.  Your jeweler will most likely redip it for you free of charge if you have a warranty, or relatively cheap (I would hope).  The palm-side of the ring ALWAYS gets worn faster, since that’s the part of your hand that touches / rubs everything (your purse, your steering wheel, etc.) so that’s expected.  I’d have it redipped close to your wedding, so it will match your band, and then they’ll wear together and match 🙂  I’ve heard you don’t want to do the redipping thing too often, because when they polish gold you actually lose a miniscule amount, and over time your ring will get thinner.  

I clean all my jewelry with a soft toothbrush (like a baby toothbrush, very soft), hot water and regular blue Dawn dishsoap.  I soak it while I shower, then give it a quick scrub and rinse when I’m done.  I do this maybe once every week or 2 weeks depending on what I’m doing or where I’m going.  

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I just use the cleaner stuff the jeweler gave to me. Quick dip and a little scrub with the brush and it’s super sparkly. I also take it to get cleaned every couple of months.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

Cleaning won’t wear the plating down any faster .. Liquid soap and a soft brush and warm water the best way to clean any jewelry … The plating wears because of your own chemical makup and everyday activities like driving frologo long the stearing wheel .. Some people need to dip there rings every 6 months and other can go a few years before noticing and those two people can be doing the exact same thing it’s just part of jewelry maintenance .. And depending on where you do it, it can take a couple hours or up to a week. I personally hate when jewelry stores drag it for any longer than 4 days if the shop is not inside there is still no need for it to take longer than that if it needs to be sent out. 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

I use warm water, Dawn, sometimes a very small splash of windex, a CLEAN baby toothbrush (softer bristles – and it must be clean, toothpaste is very abrasive!). I let it soak while I in shower or doing some housecleaning or something, brush with the brush gently, rinse and dry either with a microfibre cloth or a blast of cold air from my hair dryer.

Sounds like your rhodium plating is wearing off. The bottom is usually a higher wear area due to picking up things in your hand, acidity from sweat, etc.

I do know that cleaning in jewelery cleaner can cause the plating to wear faster though (I have seen posts from women on other forums who left their rings in cleaner for hours and plating came right off, for example…the 15-30 second rule is there for a reason on the package I guess!). This is due to the ammonia (there is some in ammonia-D windex, but a smaller amount). This is why I recommend something like Dawn over jewelery cleaner.

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