Post # 1
Just wondering what kind of at-home jewelery cleaner people use on their diamond rings (platinum).
I had purchased Sunshine Products jewelry cleaner in the past and have used it on white gold and sterling silver jewelry – not sure if it will work well on platinum. I recently got engaged and think I’ll be lazy to regularly bring my ring in to the jeweler for a professional cleaning. However, I’d like to keep it shiny as much as possible!
Any recommendations on cleaning products?
Also how often do you get your ring cleaned professionally? What is the “norm”.
Post # 3
I use a Diamond Dazzle Stik. It does a good job, especially if you have pave and sidestones. I even use it on my cz and silver jewelry, and it cleans really well. The only thing I don’t think you can use it on is pearl.
Post # 4
I also have a diamond dazzle stick that I use. But I also simply mix together some warm water and dishsoap in a little bowl and then dip a toothbrush in that and scrub and rinse my e-ring. Both are great at getting under the center stone and making the ring super sparkly!
Post # 5
Dazzle stick is just bottled jewelery cleaner, mixed with either ammonia or alcohol, sold at a higher price. It is not anything special that is “better” for your diamond than anything else.
A little bit of dawn dishwashing soap and a soft toothbrush — bam. Cheap and clean.
Post # 6
True, but they’re so fun to use!
Post # 7
Know what’s fun (and cheap for jewelry cleaning)?
Denture cleaning tablets. Just fill a juice glass with water, add your ring and a denture tablet and it does a good job cleaning. Sometimes I get out my sonic cleaner and throw in my jewelry and a couple tabs, and let the show begin!
Post # 8
But none of those over the counter (ha) jewelry cleaners will shine up the platinum, right? They’re just for the stones? My platinum is dull and I am unsure if that CAN be improved without getting it professionally polished…
Post # 9
I use the Connoisseur’s cleaner, the regular rather the ammonia-free. Use the ammonia-free on gold though.
Platinum is a soft metal so it accumulates a lot of small scratches that create a patina. Some people love platinum with a patina and never polish it, but some don’t. I find cleaning mine reduces the look of the patina somewhat – it still looks soft and velvety, but not dark, but the only thing that will get rid of it is getting it polished.
Post # 10
My diamonds are set in platinum. The jeweler said Dawn dish detergent and a baby toothbrush works as well as anything. I must say, my rings sparkle like crazy after I clean them. 🙂
Post # 11
Right, that makes sense. But you think it is possible to shine it up a little by cleaning the metal at home?
Post # 12
If the metal itself is dull, it needs to be professionally polished. I clean my ring with either plain old dish soap/hand soap and a toothbrush, or I also have one of those small, tabletop ultrasonic cleaners from BBB (http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=41061930) that you fill with this stuff: (http://www.esslinger.com/connoisseursjewelrycleanerconcentrate8oz.aspx)
Post # 13
Another vote for Dawn – went into my local jeweler recently for a watch resizing and he tutted over my ring and cleaned it for free while I waited 🙂
All he did in the store was use Dawn and a toothbrush – if I’d wanted a full clean he could have used the industrial machine but the ring looks amazing after just a few minutes with the dish soap 🙂
Post # 14
Agree with others about platinum dulling and scratching easily – only the jeweler can fix that. I’ve heard of people just rhodium plating their platinum to cover the dull scratches, but don’t know how effective this is.
Post # 15
Rhodium plating is only a few microns thin, so it will not fill the scratches. Your ring must be completely polished and smooth before plating.
Post # 16
Did your ring come with cleaner? I use the jar of jewelry cleaner that Fiance got from the jeweler when he bought the ring.