Good Way to Clean White Gold Diamond Ring

Updated on June 09, 2011
C.M. asks from Chicago, IL
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what is a good way to clean a white gold diamond ring, besides jewelry cleaner? i ran out and want to clean my ring.

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I put mine in a bowl of warm soap water. (I use seventh generation dish soap. Don't use anything hard like dawn, or things like that.) I soak it a bit, then gently brush with a very soft toothbrush.

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M.B.

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I just use a little of Clinique's eye makeup remover (the blue/green bottle) in a cup and let it sit for a few minutes then use an extra toothbrush to gently brush the gunk off. This also works well with windex. I would also like to agree that anything abrasive like baking soda or toothpaste would be too rough for the gold. Good luck ! ;)

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M.R.

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I never use a jewelery cleaner. I bought a cheap soft toothbrush and use toothpaste with some water and scrub it. The toothbrush gets in all those little spots and it will come out amazingly sparkly and clean. ;)

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L.R.

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My brother is a longtime jeweler and I know what he recommends for cleaning and what he says to avoid.

He would say never use any type of soaps, not even mild dish soaps (they leave a film no matter how clean the ring looks) or baking soda (it can be abrasive even though it seems to dissolve) and I most definitely would never use toothpaste! Even though diamond is, well, diamond-hard, over time the gold will scratch and wear if you consistently use toothpaste on it, even supposedly non-abrasive toothpaste! Use the water and ammonia mix someone recommended, or Windex, which is ammonia-based. If you do water and ammonia, use very hot water. To the ladies using toothpaste on their rings I'd say, ask a jeweler -- they'll tell you, it may look fine and shiny right now, but over the years you're abrading it and creating microscopic scratches that will add up.

Always remove your rings whenever you bathe, wash your hair, or wash your face and also at night when you go to bed. A lot of women don't like to remove their rings at bedtime, but if you're wearing them for your whole life -- which let's assume we are with our wedding and engagement rings -- they really do show wear over the years just from rubbing on sheets etc. It's not wear you can see for a long time, but it is occurring, and my brother, who made my rings, always fusses at me to take off my rings at night. I figure he ought to know!

By the way, the home ammonia treatment is NOT for stones other than diamonds. Anyone with mixed stones should talk to a professional and buy the right jewelry cleaner. The wrong cleaning can badly damage stones, especially emeralds and opals, which are soft.

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D.P.

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I usually just drop into a jeweler (any jeweler) and ask if they would clean it for me. No one has turned me away. Short of that, a very soft toothbrush and a drop of mild dishsoap.

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C.J.

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When I worked in a jewlery store the cleaner is ammonia based but you can make some at home.

Clean diamonds and colored gems by making a solution of one part water and one part ammonia. Soak your jewelry in the solution for 30 minutes. Rinse with cool water and place on a towel to dry.

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I put mine in a bowl of warm soap water. (I use seventh generation dish soap. Don't use anything hard like dawn, or things like that.) I soak it a bit, then gently brush with a very soft toothbrush.

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Toothbrush and toothpaste/ or baking soda.

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E.T.

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I used Windex. It worked great!

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I agree with Diana P. I save the freebie toothbrushes from our dentist for this very purpose. I get a small bowl and fill it with a small amount of hand soap and warm water. Then I gently scrub with the freebie toothbrush and rinse under the faucet - making sure I have the drain closed.

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I clean mine with a toothbrush and toothpaste. It really does work.

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L.C.

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Hot water and a toothbrush.
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My jeweler who cut and set my diamond rings suggests you boil water and pour some into a mug with a bit of dish soap. Put in your rings and stir. Allow to sit in mug until water cools enough to pick out your rings. Baby tooth brush will get out anything stuck in there if you don't have time to use this method. Works better than anything I've tried in the past. Here's to a sparkly ring!

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C.K.

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VODKA and a toothbrush - it will sparkle so much you'll need sun glasses! Only need a little bit - save the rest of the bottle for a Bloody Mary! Multi-purposing of course.
Toothpaste works too, but can leave residue if you don't rinse it thoroughly.

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J.G.

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Honestly I've never used jewelry cleaner before, so I don't know if this method is any better, but My wedding set has a sapphire main stone and diamond accents all set in white gold. I looked online and most places/people said to soak it in warm water with a little dish soap then take a worn out tooth brush too it, or one with soft bristles. Worked like a charm on mine, it sparkled like it did when it was first given to me!

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I always do the toothbrush/toothpaste and it is SO shiny and gorgeous when done.

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Im lazy so when Im out I find a jewlery store & ask them to clean my rings. In 5 years I have never been turned down!

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My sister has an incredibly expensive ring so she never wants to take it to a jeweler and have it out of her possession. The jeweler that made her ring recommends windex to all of his clients. Soak your ring and all other diamond jewelry in windex over night, while you're in the shower, or just while you're putting your makeup on. The longer the better. It doesn't matter how long it's submerged. Then brush it with a toothbrush and rinse in warm water and it will stay forever shiny and beautiful! This way you never have to spend money on jewelry cleaner either!

K.P.

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You can get ring cleaner from any store. They generally are a soak form cleaner. Easy and works great.

Or like Diana said, you can go to any jeweler store and they will clean it for you for free. Cant get better than free! :)

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I never use a jewelery cleaner. I bought a cheap soft toothbrush and use toothpaste with some water and scrub it. The toothbrush gets in all those little spots and it will come out amazingly sparkly and clean. ;)

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Amonia works awesome!

B.K.

answers from Chicago on

My jeweler (who is a friend I've known for a long time) gives me jewelry cleaner. It comes in a plastic container and has a basket in it and a little brush. He gives it away to anybody who buys from him. I know you can buy the stuff in stores though. I've seen it. You'll just need to get some more -- probably from a jeweler or maybe a drug store.

He has told me to never ever ever ever use toothpaste or any abrasive like baking soda. Over time it will ruin your ring.

C.A.

answers from New York on

I use glass cleaner and a very soft toothbrush. Soak your ring in very hot water to open the pores of the gold. Then soak it in glass cleaner for about 5 minutes. Take the toothbrush and scrub around the diamond. Makes it nice and shiny.

M.B.

answers from Rockford on

I just use a little of Clinique's eye makeup remover (the blue/green bottle) in a cup and let it sit for a few minutes then use an extra toothbrush to gently brush the gunk off. This also works well with windex. I would also like to agree that anything abrasive like baking soda or toothpaste would be too rough for the gold. Good luck ! ;)

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I soak my wedding ring in a bowl of hot water mixed with some white vinegar and a tiny bid of reguar dish soap. After soaking for 10 minutes or so, I take the rings out and give them a light scrubbing with a soft toothbrush and rinse them off. Been doing this for years and it really makes the diamonds sparkle.

F.H.

answers from Phoenix on

I soak mine in the jewlery cleaner for like 5 days...then brush it clean with a soft toothbrush. It looked brand new! I also NEVER take off my rings for anything other than cleaning them and the 5 day thing was just done recently. I usually just scrub them with toothpaste and toothbrush. Good luck!

K.L.

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I just wear mine. If my hands get wet, so do the rings. If Im doing dishes, so do they. Scrubbing floors, or sleeping, they are on my finger. The only times I take them off is when I go to the hospital or when they need to be repaired.(3 times in 37 yrs) I have the jewelry store sonic clean them while there, but other than that, I dont worry about them. When we bought them, the jeweler said put them on and dont take them off. Once when I had them hooked together I was told the same thing. White gold especially is even harder than yellow gold so I just wear them and they look terrific.

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