Ring Cleaning Tips

September 5th, 2009 by wys

You always see beautiful clean jewelry in the display case. After you buy it a few weeks later your platinum or gold diamond rings looks very dull and not all that nice. They only thing that changed is the jewelry stores keeps all ther jewelry clean. They even wipe off all the finger prints that can dull the high polish on gold or platinum.

What you need to have

  • Covered Drain
  • Bowl of Water
  • Soft Brush
  • Gentle Soap

You can clean any jewelry item at home if you take a few basic precautions. Gold, platinum. palladium and diamonds that were not clarity enhanced are hard to damage. For example non clarity enhanced diamonds are cleaned with strong acid during the cutting process without damage. Gold and platinum is refined by using strong acid to burn away all the base metals leaving only pure gold. I would never use strong acid at home but at least you know that diamonds and gold will not be damages easily. I would avoid chlorine since it can damage white gold and can discolor solder joints.

For gold and diamonds I would use dish washing liquid and a soft toothbrush.Over the counter dish washing liquid and a soft brush is all you need. Make sure to close the drain plug so nothing can wash down the drain. Use hot water and use the brush to clean the back and underside of the stones. Scrub as required and allow the ring to soak if you have a lot of build up. It may take a few minutes but all the dirt stuck behind the diamonds will dull the shine of the stones so it needs to be removed. After you are sure it is clean rinse in clean water. Pat dry or you could use a hair dryer to blow some warm air on the ring. After cleaning alwasy check your stones to make sure they are tight. First shake the ring near your ear and listem for amy stones that rattle. If you hear a rattle you have loose stones. Using a small tool or even a toothpick push around the edges of the stones. If you see movement you need to get the stones tightened. This would also be a good time to take a photo of your rings. A photo record is good to have in case of loss for insurance replacement.

Some stones are very sensitive and require special care. Pearls and Emeralds are the easiest to damage and require special care. For pearls even the acid in lemon juice will destroy the surface. Use only very weak dish soap such as Ivory liquid with warm water making sure to rinse all the soap off.They can be cleaned while strung on silk but it is best top wait to re-string before soaking Usually cleaning would be limited to wipeing with a soft damp cloth after wearing to keep them looking good for years to come. Emeralds should be cleaned with the same mild soap and a very soft brush. Don’t soak or use boiling water. Most have been soaked in oil to enhance the color and you don’t want to wash the oil out of the stone.

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