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Savvy October 2020

Ring Cleaning

Izzy, on September 8, 2020 at 10:07 PM Posted in Wedding Attire 0 32
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The band on my engagement ring seems to have dulled a bit and even feels a little bit gritty. I fear using hand sanitizer so much over the last several months may have contributed to it 馃槹 I鈥檝e seen that you can wash it with soap and water, but will that be enough? Or should I soak it in vinegar maybe? That seems to be my family鈥檚 cleaning go-to lol 馃槀 Also has anyone else been experiencing this with their ring? Trying to figure out if this may actually be from all the sanitizer use

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Latest activity by Katherine, on September 11, 2020 at 5:43 AM
  • Amber
    Devoted January 2022
    Amber
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    I wanted to get my ring cleaned before we did engagement pictures but Kay was still closed. I put in a bowl of warm water with a little dish soap and let it soak a few minutes. Then scrubbed it a little with a toothbrush. It was so shiny!
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  • Chrysta
    Rockstar November 2022
    Chrysta
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    Is your band white gold?
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  • Izzy
    Savvy October 2020
    Izzy
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    Yep, white gold 馃拲
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  • Lisa
    Expert October 2021
    Lisa
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    I just went to have my ring cleaned at a local jeweler and he said to clean it with Mr. Clean and scrub lightly with a soft toothbrush. They use the ultrasonic cleaner but it鈥檚 something to use between those cleanings if needed!
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  • Lisa
    Expert October 2021
    Lisa
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    Oh just for reference my ring is white gold, aquamarine & diamonds.
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  • Izzy
    Savvy October 2020
    Izzy
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    Sounds easy enough, definitely going to try it tonight 馃榿
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  • Izzy
    Savvy October 2020
    Izzy
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    Does it usually cost anything to get it cleaned by a jeweler? My fianc茅 bought mine at Daniel鈥檚 Jewelers
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  • Chrysta
    Rockstar November 2022
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    Ok so this happened with my boss鈥檚 ring too. It鈥檚 likely from the excessive use of hand sanitizer- it speeds up the process of wearing off the rhodium, which will make the metal look dull and eventually discolored. She ended up having to get the ring replated and then quit wearing it to work.
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  • Izzy
    Savvy October 2020
    Izzy
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    Yikes, I should鈥檝e been more careful 馃槪馃槕
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  • Hermione
    Expert February 2020
    Hermione
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    Take it to a professional. A quick cleaning is free usually. A full professional service of the ring to include replating is $ but good for it.
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  • Hermione
    Expert February 2020
    Hermione
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    And this is why I stopped wearing mine in general... Hand sanitizer and hygiene. I will put it back on after coronavirus is gone.
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  • Lisa
    Expert October 2021
    Lisa
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    The jeweler I took it to didn鈥檛 charge for the assessment or cleaning. We didn鈥檛 buy it from them either! They are a 鈥渕om & pop鈥 type business. We are likely going to get our wedding bands from them. Depending on where you got your ring from, they may offer complimentary cleanings.
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  • Chrysta
    Rockstar November 2022
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    I did the same! I took mine off back in March & don鈥檛 plan on putting it back on until all this is over. Sometimes I just open the ring box and admire it or wear it around the house for awhile LOL
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  • Julie
    VIP February 2020
    Julie
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    White gold rings have to be re-plated with rhodium every few years anyway. Don't worry! Better a dull ring than covid! As for mine, I have a vintage ring from 1910. Unless I'm getting it unltrasonic'd at the jewler I use dish soap, warm water and a toothbrush (soft bristles!) It's super gentle and is so sparkly after!
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  • Julie
    VIP February 2020
    Julie
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    Actually fun fact, if you ever go to a mall again, any jewelry store will clean your ring for free while you wait. Even if you didn't buy from them. It's a nice industry trick 馃槈
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  • Belle
    Rockstar August 2022
    Belle
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    I was advised not to wear the rings during covid. The alcohol is bad for any jewelry I read it in an article. Especially like pp said, it鈥檚 wearing off the white gold layer.
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  • A
    Super February 2020
    Andrea
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    I do this! I always open the box just to see what it looks like. I look once a week, but feels like forever!
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  • Katie
    Expert January 2021
    Katie
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    Dish soap with a toothbrush
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  • A
    Super February 2020
    Andrea
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    Yep, this is one of the reasons why I stopped wearing mine too. Another reason was just being cautious cause people are starting to rob and steal cause they鈥檙e getting desperate. I鈥檓 sure I鈥檓 exaggerating, but it鈥檚 better to be careful.
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  • Marisa
    Master October 2021
    Marisa
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    Rhodium plating does wear off and eventually you will have to get your ring replated from time-to-time if you prefer that coating. Otherwise raw white gold is more warm and dull (more of a vintage look).
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