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Offline Mrs Mitchell

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clean, shiny platinum!
« on: March 14, 2008, 11:06:36 AM »
I was bored today, ended up watching tv for a couple of hours. I grabbed a gold and plat polishing cloth and set to cleaning my plat wedding set while I was watching. Can't believe the difference! The rings look like new again.  They were grey, dull and scratched, now they look bright and gleaming, just from an extended polish with a metal cloth.

Is it just me, or do diamonds look bigger when the metal is shiny?  ;D

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Re: clean, shiny platinum!
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2008, 10:47:27 AM »
I completely agree!  I soaked the Eagle the other and I do believe she grew a bit again while in the bath.   I had not heard of platinum polishing cloths though.  I will have to get one!!

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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2008, 01:24:18 PM »
LOL. We've found a cure for diamond shrinkage! We're gonna be rich!
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« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2008, 11:28:41 AM »
ok exactly what kind of "cloth is this?"  just curious!  and I NEED one! :angel:
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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2008, 12:18:09 PM »
It's just a regular gold and plat polishing cloth - I got it from a local jeweller. It's impregnated with jeweller's rouge and (with a bit of effort) really does buff platinum nicely.

A few days later though, I notice it's starting to look dull again. I had no idea I was so hard on my rings!

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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2008, 07:22:45 PM »
I will stop back by my jeweler tomorrow - I was just there this morning!  ::)   

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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2008, 04:18:02 AM »
i have some of those clothes for gold and silver but i never get the time these days to polish all my jewellery.

I wash some things in the bath with an old tooth brush and some johnsons baby shampoo and they come up wonderful , since then i wash most my stuff like this  ;D

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« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2008, 01:16:34 PM »
Johnson's stuff is great - really mild but it does the job! I use that in my ultrasonic sometimes, on non pave things.

I should make the effort to maintain the shine on my rings but it is quite effortful!

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« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2008, 02:46:14 PM »
I would have to agree it is an effort for me to keep my jewelry shiny. When I do it is worth it.
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« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2008, 03:18:29 PM »
I understand there are different types of rouge for different metals.  Is that true?  If so, what's the type of rouge that should be used to polish platinum?

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« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2008, 03:53:50 PM »
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« Reply #11 on: September 12, 2008, 04:45:58 PM »
HI All!

Rouge is used in the manufacture of jewelry- so I would not recommend folks to use it at home.
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« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2009, 02:44:04 PM »
I was bored today, ended up watching tv for a couple of hours. I grabbed a gold and plat polishing cloth and set to cleaning my plat wedding set while I was watching. Can't believe the difference! The rings look like new again.  They were grey, dull and scratched, now they look bright and gleaming, just from an extended polish with a metal cloth.

Is it just me, or do diamonds look bigger when the metal is shiny?  ;D

Jen

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« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2009, 12:31:09 PM »
Well, it won't ever be the same as a professional polish and it won't get rid of dents and deep scratches but it does help keep the finish bright.

My platinum rings always get scratched on the back of the shank and the first scratch is always devastating, but I just have them buffed lightly once a year or so and they're as good as new. I think that rummaging in my bag for keys causes a few scratches, if that's any help? I'm right handed, so my rhr is always worse!

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« Reply #14 on: August 20, 2009, 05:46:32 PM »
Jen, what are you wearing as your RHR?  Sorry if I've missed this in another thread.

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« Reply #15 on: August 21, 2009, 02:39:12 PM »
Mikla, I have a few! One oval sapphire, one oval diamond, my asscher band and an OMC. All get scratched up faster than my wedding band and my e-ring. My eternity band is ok (I often wear it as a rhr) but it's a full eternity, so not much metal to scratch.

I love platinum, but it doesn't look new for long. The first scratch is the most painful!

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« Reply #16 on: August 25, 2009, 01:30:17 PM »
I bought this jewelry concentrate recently. This stuff rocks. It's not for pearls and soft stones, however. They have another formula for that.

But I kept running out of jewelry cleaner and didn't love my home made concoctions. This will last me a century. It's like 1 part concentrate to 10 parts water. I just took one of the old jewelry cleaning baskets and put my cleaner in there.

I still haul out the cloth to apply elbow grease to the platinum band every once in a while. But I use this every night.

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« Reply #17 on: August 25, 2009, 03:45:09 PM »
The Blitz concentrate is great stuff. I purchased their solution that comes pre-made, in a little cup (about 6 oz. I believe) and it also has a basket inside. At the same time, I bought the separate bottle of concentrate. Use the pre-made solution until it looks murky, then dump it out (using caution not to throw your jewelry down the drain). Make another batch of the solution using 1-2 capsful of concentrate. That's all it needs. An 8 oz. bottle of concenrate will last you a long, long time. They do make 2 different cleaning solutions though. One is for delicate and/or porous items such as pearls.

Another item I found quite by accident is the polishing chamois. A real chamois, not the man-made cloth. I swear by that one.

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« Reply #18 on: August 25, 2009, 04:08:10 PM »
Is there anything wrong with dipping diamonds set in platinum in neat ammonia?

My local bench guy does this, but warned me not to dip anything with soldering or gold on it.

I've been a little nervous to try it, can anyone tell me if it's safe? Other than the smell and general toxicity?
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« Reply #19 on: August 25, 2009, 04:14:00 PM »
It is safe - bear in mind that "neat ammonia" for household use is usually between 2 and 3% ammonia; the rest is already water.

It's actually fairly safe for gold too, as long as there isn't too much silver in the alloy (e.g. solder) and the immersion is brief, otherwise it becomes pitted. But then, why risk it when Fairy Liquid and rubbing alcohol work pretty well?

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« Reply #20 on: August 25, 2009, 04:22:05 PM »
They don't work well enough to satisfy my OCD- two words: STEP CUTS! ;D I need something a little more industrial. The facets that I can reach to scrub are fine, but I can't get into all of the stones and the ultrasonic isn't doing it either. I think it was Mary Alaina who had a similar issue with step cut half moon sidestones, where they just never got totally cleaned by the ultrasonic or steamer. Even my waterpic doesn't do it, I can still see greasy facets if I look closely (I could just get on with my life and put the loupe away, of course).

I hadn't realised household ammonia was a solution (makes sense, now I think about it).
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« Reply #21 on: August 26, 2009, 06:45:12 AM »
OCD = Obsessive Cleaning of Diamonds?  ;)

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« Reply #22 on: August 26, 2009, 07:42:25 AM »
That's the one! I'm beginning to suspect that even amongst diamond 'people' I'm a little obsessive...
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« Reply #23 on: August 28, 2009, 11:14:02 PM »
I'm obsessive. My step cuts get the new treatment of Blitz. However, I need to toss it because it has gotten murky. My gold has come out dazzling in that stuff. So have my step cuts.

Here are all of them for the truly obsessed. My gallon jug will be with me to eternity. However, I need a new travel size. I have a little tube thing in which I put some of the concentrate when I went to NY. Then I just had to add a bit of water. Maybe I should get the wipes, too. My em cut might get a smudge and then what would I do?

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« Reply #24 on: August 29, 2009, 09:36:45 AM »
This may be a stupid question but can you put this stuff in a Jewel Jet Steamer?  :4: