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Old 09-20-06, 08:54 AM   #1
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how to clean / dissolve grime off of a ring?

I wear my school ring everywhere. It's got a complex design with lots of deep grooves that now have grime and other stuff in it. How can I clean it out? Can I just put my ring in a bowl of bleach to dissolve it? Or would any of the bike degreaser products work?
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Throw it in a small container filled w/ ammonia, shake it up and let sit, then rinse it off.
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NO! Depending on the metal, bleach could be terrible for it. Soak a piece of stainless in bleach overnight to see what I mean.

Take it to a jewelry store and ask what they reccomend. I have a bottle of stuff my jeweler reccomended that I use but I forget the name.
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I wear my school ring everywhere. It's got a complex design with lots of deep grooves that now have grime and other stuff in it. How can I clean it out? Can I just put my ring on a bowl of bleach to dissolve it?
You can buy jewelery cleaner at most stores. Drop it in there and then set the jar of cleaner on top of your clothes washer or dryer while it is running. The vibrations make the jar of cleaner into a poor man's vibrating cleaner.
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Old 09-20-06, 09:00 AM   #5
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NO! Depending on the metal, bleach could be terrible for it. Soak a piece of stainless in bleach overnight to see what I mean.
Dude, I only wear gold. <Bling> <Bling>
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I think my wife has some sort of ultrasonic thing she cleans her junk with. It uses some kinda liquid(maybe just water and a mild detergent) and the vibrations from the contraption does the cleaning.
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Dude, I only wear gold. <Bling> <Bling>

I only wear 24. <bling bling bling>
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Pfft. I wear 25.

That's right. My jeweler cranks it up to 400w to get that extra carat.
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Well I found this:

How To Clean Gold Jewelry

However, I need to get the gunk out of the deep grooves. Even when I took it to different jewelry shops, they weren't able to completely clean it in a few minutes.
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Pfft. I wear 25.

That's right. My jeweler cranks it up to 400w to get that extra carat.
I just dip my hands in vats of molten gold, then roll them in my collection of loose precious stones. So I am supposed to be impressed by your 400w 25K gold?
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I just dip my hands in vats of molten gold, then roll them in my collection of loose precious stones. So I am supposed to be impressed by your 400w 25K gold?

Vats? Dude, I upgraded from vats loooong ago. I'm currently working with the US and Canadian governments to let me annex the Great Lakes, so I'll have some place to store all my liquid gold.
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Is this your ring?
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Is this your ring?
Yessssssssss, My precious, dirty little Bagginsessssssss stole it.
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I think my wife has some sort of ultrasonic thing she cleans her junk with. It uses some kinda liquid(maybe just water and a mild detergent) and the vibrations from the contraption does the cleaning.
Yup, that's what jewelers use.

If the ring is gold, you can use hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and vinegar, Dawn dishwashing liquid and a toothbrush or even your Sonicare toothbrush. Baking soda toothpaste makes a good rouge for polishing up gold rings, too.
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Oh, I forgot to add that I've got a large stone (I don't know what kind) set in my school ring. Would the hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, vinegar, etc. somehow loosen / damage the stone?
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Oh, I forgot to add that I've got a large stone (I don't know what kind) set in my school ring. Would the hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, vinegar, etc. somehow loosen / damage the stone?

It shouldn't.
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It may dissolve or damage any adhesive used to secure the stone, though. Unlikely, but possible.
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I have cleaned diamond rings with toothpaste & a toothbrush
I wouldn't use it often, maybe once a year.

Does a fab job on my rings.

But invest in jewelery cleaner to use weekly.
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Oh, I forgot to add that I've got a large stone (I don't know what kind) set in my school ring. Would the hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, vinegar, etc. somehow loosen / damage the stone?
If it's gold, you don't have to worry about chemicals too much as gold's very inert. I suspect that most of the grime is oils from your skin and the dirt that it attracted. You'll need to dissolve this oil, so you'll want to use a non-polar solvent, which rules out all the stuff you've listed. A degreaser is what you want. Try using an ultrasonic cleaner with a small 1/4 scoop of OxyClean. That stuff is magical, takes oil & grease off my car, tools & clothes better than anything I've used before.
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I wear my school ring everywhere. It's got a complex design with lots of deep grooves that now have grime and other stuff in it. How can I clean it out? Can I just put my ring in a bowl of bleach to dissolve it? Or would any of the bike degreaser products work?
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