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The shocking photo that proves you should be washing your 'clean' rings MUCH more often


The disgusting photo that proves you should be washing your ‘clean’ rings more often – and the simple secret to a sparkling finish in 30 minutes

  • An Australian woman has shared a ‘disgustingly satisfying’ photo of diamonds
  • She decided to soak her engagement ring in ammonia and water for 30 minutes
  • Dirt leached out of the ‘shiny bits’ and could be seen floating in the water
  • Other people have shared their favourite ways to clean their jewellery online 

An Australian woman has shared a ‘disgustingly satisfying’ photo of her engagement rings after soaking them in ammonia and water for half an hour.

The lady, who hadn’t cleaned her jewellery for some time, decided to see what might be clinging onto the diamonds after months of using soap and hand sanitiser – although they didn’t look dirty.

‘I did an ammonia and water soak for about 30 minutes and this is what is lurking between the shiny bits,’ she wrote alongside a photo on Facebook.  

The image showed dirt seeping out of the tiny crystals on her silver rings, collecting in the water surrounding it. 

The lady, who hadn't cleaned her jewellery for some time, decided to see what was lurking in between the diamonds after months of soap and hand sanitiser using

The lady, who hadn’t cleaned her jewellery for some time, decided to see what was lurking in between the diamonds after months of soap and hand sanitiser using

How to clean your jewellery with ammonia:

The cleaning solution should contain one part ammonia to six parts water, with the chemical used to treat diamonds because it can make them appear less dull.

But one lady had some sage advice for those wanting to try this method at home. 

‘Add some dishwashing liquid as well. Don’t use this method on ANY OTHER STONES THAN DIAMONDS as it will destroy them. Also NOT suitable for plated gold or silver,’ she said.

Prolonged or excessive use of ammonia can damage and discolour your metal, wear down gemstones, and make diamonds with tiny fractures in them appear cloudy, The Spruce reported.

‘Is it disgusting that I want to enlarge to have a closer look?’ One woman commented on the thread. 

The cleaning solution should contain one part ammonia to six parts water, with the chemical used to treat diamonds because it can make them appear less dull.

But one lady had some sage advice for those wanting to try this method at home. 

‘Add some dishwashing liquid as well. Don’t use this method on ANY OTHER STONES THAN DIAMONDS as it will destroy them. Also NOT suitable for plated gold or silver,’ she said.

Prolonged or excessive use of ammonia can damage and discolour your metal, wear down gemstones, and make diamonds with tiny fractures in them appear cloudy, The Spruce reported. 

The rings were shining brilliantly after the ammonia and water solution was applied

The rings were shining brilliantly after the ammonia and water solution was applied

'I use the aluminium foil and washing soda method on my gold and silver jewellery with diamonds and sapphires, but not my vintage opal ring. They all come up beautifully clean and shiny,' said another

 ‘I use the aluminium foil and washing soda method on my gold and silver jewellery with diamonds and sapphires, but not my vintage opal ring. They all come up beautifully clean and shiny,’ said another

‘I get the same result with hot water and dish liquid. My rings have never been as filthy as they got these last few months with COVID-19 in Melbourne and constant hand sanitiser gumming up the back of the diamonds,’ said another woman. 

‘I use the aluminium foil and washing soda method on my gold and silver jewellery with diamonds and sapphires, but not my vintage opal ring. They all come up beautifully clean and shiny,’ said another.

Other women recommended the Tarn Off solution for cleaning rings and bracelets

Other women recommended the Tarn Off solution for cleaning rings and bracelets 

This involves lining a bowl with aluminium foal and sprinkling in some baking or washing soda. Then you pour boiling water over the top and drop your silver and gold into it. 

Quickly stir to dissolve the mixture. Let it soak for five minutes or so, turning a few times before removing your jewellery. 

‘I was told by my jeweller to put a small amount of cloudy ammonia and a drop of dishwashing liquid in body temperature water, leave the items to soak and then gently clean with a baby toothbrush. It’s the only way I clean my diamond and white gold engagement and wedding rings,’ suggested another person.

‘I soak mine in a little dish of Windex, clean with an old toothbrush and rinse with hot water,’ said another. 

A third added: ‘I LOVE doing this you’re right, it’s foul but satisfying’.

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