Post # 1
So after messing around with my ring, I noticed it was quite dirty, super dull and had some hard water scale. It’d been a while since I cleaned it. After nosing around on PS, I cleaned it with these steps: Soak in 100% acetone for 30 mins to dissolve oils. Rinse and soak in boiling water for 5 minutes. Soak in cider vinegar for 30 mins, (to remove scale), rinse and then use paint brush (wet with acetone) with very thin but stiff bristles get at the pavilion. Rinse in distilled water and dry with hair dryer to ensure no water spots. My basket makes it very hard to clean the underside, and very easy for crud to get trapped. But this seems to have done the trick. It went from dull to beautiful. I have YG and all of these ingredients were safe for it, according to the folks over at PS. Of course I can’t and don’t want to advocate this process for anyone else, just sharing what I did.
Since different metals and stones respond differently, please don’t take my word for anything and clean your rings safely. This ring is 14k WG and natural diamond, FWIW.
Post # 4
AFTER: Some fire, finally!
Post # 5
Nice! I can definitely see in the before pic, that the diamond is slightly cloudier/duller. The after pic is definitely much clearer and has fire in the diamond.
Post # 6
I literally said out loud “Wowwzaa” 😂lol It looks great!!
Post # 7
chatnoir : cabowedding2019 :
Thanks. Loving that acetone. I had been using ammonia and/or isopropyl alcohol, but those weren’t too good at getting the pavilion really clean. I’m sticking with a nice acetone bath a couple times per month.
Post # 8
Oh my gosh, that’s freaking amazing. I need to do this.
Post # 9
Absolutely amazing. The ingredients do scare me a little LOL but I totally trust you. I just would die if anything happened to my baby and my husband might spank me LOL JK. I cant believe how incredible your ring looks! Im drooling.
Post # 10
That is an excellent result! The sparkles really stand out in the first after pic. I’m going to try that apple cider vinegar soak. I’m still wary of the acetone and boiling water steps!
After wearing my ring for a few years, I noticed that my willingness to take a lot of steps or solutions to clean my ring has taken a deep dive. So I just decided to get an ultrasonic cleaner so I can simply drop my ring in there while I’m in the shower and get it clean with no effort. I’ve been considering using the blow dryer to dry it afterwards- it does look so beautiful without any water spots.
Post # 11
Yeah, man, I hear you. I’ve been married for a while and my care of my rings has waned greatly. I don’t have an ultrasonic cleaner, but a friend of mine does and I’ve used it. I like it. Worth getting one, I think. But I have super hard water here in England and hers hasn’t been too great at removing scale when I get lazy and don’t clean it for months. I don’t know if it’s the specific cleanser she’s got or what. But I’m going to invest in one when I get back to the US. Hopefully it’ll help me keep it cleaner. I paint a lot and it gets nasty. Trying to remove Pebeo paints from it was a nightmare!
The vinegar worked really well. I just let it soak overnight again because why not. I didn’t actually boil the thing, I just boiled water and poured some into a ceramic little bowl. The acetone worked really well, too. I read on PS some posts by professional jewelers, gemologists, etc, that acetone is commonly used in some jewelry cleaning and crafting, and that enough for me to try it. I’ve noticed that isopropyl alcohol leaves a film, so I’m going to stick with using ammonia and vinegar for regular cleanings and save the acetone for deep cleanings once or twice per year.
Post # 12
Yeah I wouldn’t use acetone unless I was certain it wouldn’t harm my metals or stone. I did a fair amount of research before I decided to try it, and I’m thinking of getting a new setting here in the recent future so I wasn’t too worried about damaging the setting, and acetone is fine for untreated diamonds.
Post # 13
I use a counterintuitive method.
I dip my diamond ring in baby oil. The old, hardened oil (from many weeks’ worth of fingerprints, hand cream, etc.) dissolves in the baby oil. The baby oil remains on the ring but because it is new and unhardened it is more readily removed by detergent.
I then dip the ring in washing up liquid (know aa dish soap in the US).
Then I rinse the ring in cold water and put it back on my finger.
(Please note that I use a minimum amount of oil and I place the plug in the sink. I use this technique on diamonds and sapphires but NEVER on emeralds or pearls or opals.)
Post # 14
Supersleuth : I tried your recipe after reading one of your posts months ago and it worked out great! I have a diamond solitaire. Where did you get the baby oil idea?
Post # 15
janedoe27 : SS probably has some science knowledge; lipids are not water soluble. But it’s the same principle at work in a facial….oil on a face to dissolve the excess facial oil, wipe off, continue with the rest of the steps.