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‘Can it clean a Diamond Ring?’ Probably, but may do more damage. Here’s how.
Posted by Michael Wall Bepsoke in Give me your Thoughts, The Gems of Information on November 4, 2012
There is an ad on the telly box that annoys me slightly. Now I don’t really mind the fact it is mainly trader’s puff, and in all fairness the claims in the advert are true. It will clean anything.
However even though it may ‘clean’ your Diamond Ring it may do serious damage to the metals, other stones and finish.
When I sent a Tweet pleading with all you lovely people not to clean your Diamond Rings with this product, I forgot to say do not clean any jewellery in that manner. There are one or two correct ways, and a plethora of incorrect ways.
The most you need to do is use a soft lint free cloth, or a polishing cloth.
There’s a distinct difference between cleaning and removing a tarnished look.
Is your Ring dirty? Is there grit or dirt or foreign substances on it? If yes, it may need a clean. If it’s a little off colour or tarnished then it needs a polish etc.
Now I hear you all saying ‘Oh I clean mine in Baking Soda’, or ‘Granny cleans hers in Gin’, ‘I use Vodka’, and ‘I scrub mine with an old toothbrush’.
Firstly, if you are using Gin, or Vodka, or any other clear Alcohol here’s what you do. Take a glass, fill with ice, add sliced lime (or lemon), then pour in a decent measure of Gin or Vodka, top with your favourite mixer (I use Tonic, but any mixer will do), some garnish if you are so inclined, then sit, relax and enjoy. End of. The Gin is for drinking. So is the Vodka, so no more of that.
Toothpaste is an abrasive, especially the whitening pastes etc. It can scratch stones, even the metals. Yes it can, as Gold is not indestructible, and neither is Platinum. So no more of that either.
Using a toothbrush to clean it can be a dangerous method if it is old or stiff bristled. As well as dislodging dirt, it may dislodge a stone. Dirt may have also dislodged a stone as it caked on, so an overnight soak in a proper cleaning solution would be the best option. From there you can see if your stone(s) are loose. I’ll get to that in a bit. If not, use a soft bristled brush and the same cleaning solution to gently clean the setting and the stone(s).
Let’s just look at the simplest, most effective method to clean your Rings.
As I mentioned previously if it is caked in dirt it is best to soak overnight in a solution of warm water and washing up liquid. Yes, washing up liquid. What you need to do is just use that soapy solution to allow the dirt to soften so it will become easily dislodged with the minimum of effort.
For the majority of you they won’t be caked in dirt, so here you go.
Take a small bowl, preferable plastic or any material that won’t damage the Diamond Ring lest you drop it.
Using warm water and a drop or two of washing up liquid, immerse the Ring in and leave to soak. Take the ring by the shoulder (the pieces to the left and right of the setting), hold firmly, and clean gently with a soft brush. An artist’s bristle brush or a soft unworn toothbrush is fine for this.
Rinse with clean water and dry with a soft lint free cloth.
Your Ring is clean. If there is still some dirt remaining repeat the process, or consider soaking for a longer period.
That is it. No more.
If your Ring still has scratches or looks dull after cleaning that does not mean you have done it incorrectly. Cleaning won’t remove that. To remove scratches it will need to be professionally done.
There are a few points I want you to note:
Ultrasonic cleaners: Never ever put an Emerald, Tanzanite, Opal, Coral or Pearl in. Some mineral and organic Gems will crack, fracture and even dissolve! Stones that have been thermally enhanced or treated in some way can lose their colour. Be aware of your Gems, even Diamonds can come out worst for wear. So if in doubt leave it out.
Vigorous Cleaning: There is no need. As mentioned earlier a stone can be dislodged or pushed aside if dirt has built up. Here’s something you may not know. A Diamond will scratch, erode and wear metal if it is loose in its setting. Surprised? I thought so. Diamond is a very hard substance and will wear a setting if it is loose. If a stone is loose in its setting it can become looser over time by wearing away the surrounding setting.
Loose Stones: After you soaked the Ring overnight how can you check if the setting is loose? Here is a very handy way of doing this. Get yourself a cotton bud (cue-tip) remove the cotton ball, and just tip the Stone with it. If the stone moves, or appears to move, get it checked as soon as you can.
Detergents and cleaning agents: Some of these leave a soapy scum, some remove oils from Emeralds and other porous minerals. Some contain harsh chemicals and abrasives, that not only affect the Gems, but the Gold or Platinum and the metals mixed with them. So no more use of toothpaste’s or any chemical substances that could damage your jewellery.
Care: Yes I’m going to tell you to keep your Jewellery in a pouch, or a box. I know in the real world we all don’t sit at home in front of mirrors unclipping our Diamond Earrings before we go to bed, but a little care and attention goes a long way towards maintaining your Jewellery. It minimises the amount of knocks, and possible damage.
So there you go. I hope that covered the basics. Any questions feel free to ask. As always I welcome your feedback.
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Posted by Michael Wall Bepsoke in The Gems of Information on August 7, 2012
Before any Wedding I always offer an additional service to my Clients.
That is an inspection of your Engagement Ring, a clean and polish. After all everything must be right on the day.
I also offer this to potential Clients, which means you, or someone you know.
If you need a Ring cleaned, polished, or have the settings checked before your wedding do get in touch.
Here’s a few examples of work carried out:
Full Inspection of the Claws, Prongs, and Settings.
A Clean and Polish of Metals.
Rhodium Plating (for White Gold Settings and Jewellery)
Re-sizing Service. 1/2 to 1 size up or down.
Full Bridal Party service available. Call for Quote.
To make an appointment, call 086 8687456 or mail email@example.com
If you have a question you can ask me live (almost live) here:
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Posted by Michael Wall Bepsoke in Give me your Thoughts, Welcome on July 31, 2012
Showcase of Designs and Pieces in Gold and Platinum.
Fully Bespoke Service with G.I.A Certified Diamonds. in Gold or Platinum.
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Posted by Michael Wall Bepsoke in The Gems of Information on April 27, 2012
My last few posts throughout February and March were more or less pointers to keep your jewellery in proper order, with some little tips thrown in. I was scrolling down through a post in February and noticed that although I touched on Valuations, I didn’t really say where to go to get a proper one.
Now as I mentioned before, to my mind it is not acceptable to have a schedule of items with little or no information about the contents. All well and good to have a Ring listed as ‘Diamond Ring’, with a Value attached, but if you can’t tell why it is Valued at that, then it is absolutely no good to you.
As mentioned in one of my February posts; ‘Any Jeweller that undertakes to write and ‘charge’ for a Valuation should be qualified to do so. Expect a Colour, Clarity, and Carat. Expect description of Metals used, and type of setting. Expect dimension sizes, expect a detailed description. Otherwise that Valuation is rubbish.’
For Insurance purposes, many items you have covered under your house and contents, may or may not be covered in the event of loss or theft. It is worth noting that items of lesser value may be, however items that are of significant value need to be insured separately.
From May, I will be offering a Fully Comprehensive service to you all. The details of which are as follows;
- A full Valuation service on ‘Multiple Items’ of Jewellery.
- An Itemised list of all Items of Jewellery.
- A full check of the Settings, and Stones in your Jewellery.
- A printed Schedule of all Items for Insurance Purposes.
Flat Rate of €60 for all of the above.
I will NOT be charging a ‘final value fee’ of the Item(s).
Along with the above I will be on hand to take all questions, offer you advice on any aspect you might like addressed.
All is on a ‘by appointment only’ basis. The reason for this is to devote as much time to you, making sure all items are properly classified, and to answer all queries you may have. I will be available each week where you can come and have all the above carried out for €60.
I am not buying, selling, or receiving any scrap, old, or broken jewellery.
If you do have any broken pieces, and would like some advice on repairing or re-modelling, then feel free to bring them along.
MAY APPOINTMENTS – CORK CITY
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A Commitment to Love, Honor and Respect
Posted by Michael Wall Bepsoke in The Gems of Information on November 6, 2011
I’m always happy to meet new clients, and this morning’s meeting was no exception. There is no necessity to stick to the traditional, and in this instance the formality of engagement was not considered.
In the 8 years that this couple have spent together there was nothing symbolic required save the love and commitment they have shown each other since the time they first met.
I relish the opportunity to begin what I like to call a personal service. It is something more than having a quick browse through a catalogue and settling for a generic piece of jewellery.
My service offers something additional. I carry out a fully bespoke service that is tailored to each individual.
I have known David and his partner Ben for over 5 years, and was delighted when they announced they were settling down and building a life for themselves together as one. Even more delighted when they asked me to create two bespoke Rings based on their designs.
Always intrigued as to what Rings people choose for Civil Partnerships and given the penchant for ‘Rainbow’ themed industrial metal Bands, I was glad to see that both guys had come up with designs that were evocative of their feelings and love for each other.
Ben chose an 18kt Gold Ring with Centre Row of brushed 18kt Yellow Gold set with intersecting Princess Cut Diamonds, and polished 18kt White Gold Rims, while David chose the reverse.
So how do Same Sex Rings Differ? ‘Surprise Surprise’, they don’t. A band on your finger is Symbolic. It means what you and your partner want it to mean. They are bands of devotion, a commitment to Love, Honor and Respect each other.
Be it a Celebration of your Sexuality, a discreet band, or a Bespoke Diamond Set Piece it is all down to choice. It is yours and yours alone.
I am very glad both David and Ben chose me to be part of their Celebration. I hope that they spend many happy years together.
If you are considering a Civil Partnership this year, and would like some advice and/or suggestions, feel free to drop me a line.
Call on 086 8687456 or mail GemInfo@iol.ie