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Jewelry Cleaning: Ultrasonic Cleaners, Polish & Polishing Cloth

Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaners, Polish and Polishing Cloth

Jewelry Cleaning Precautions

If you have invested a lot of your hard-earned money in a collection of jewelry you will want to go the extra mile in learning the proper techniques for preserving the finish and luster of your valuable pieces. Every type of gemstone and/or metal setting has its own unique set of precautions to prevent being damaged by certain common cleaning methods. One of the first considerations is to carefully evaluate the inherent durability of a particular gem variety as some stones are highly susceptible to damage or even destruction. In this page we will look at two of the most common methods of jewelry cleaning: ultrasonic jewelry cleaners, steam jewelry cleaners and special jewelry cleaning solutions.

Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaners

Ultrasonic cleaners use high-frequency sound waves in the form of 'ultrasonic' 40 kHz vibrations, creating millions of microscopic bubbles in a liquid solution. This causes a 'cavitation' action in the liquid, working its way into hidden cavities and crevasses, to loosen dirt on every surface that the solution comes into contact with.

Ultrasonic cleaners are ideal for cleaning most metal jewelry, but extreme care must be taken when using these cleaners on jewelry pieces that contain gemstones. Durable stones such as diamond, garnet, ruby, and sapphire typically can be cleaned in this way, but any stone that contains inclusions or feathers (such as diamond or emerald) should not be cleaned in ultrasonic machines, as they could fracture. Additionally, any stone that has had "enhancement treatments" or fracture filling should not be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner, as the colorless filling-material used to improve clarity, could be removed.

Gemstones that may have been treated with wax, resin, or oil such as emerald and peridot, could be dulled or damaged in the cleaning process, as the filler material can leach out of any fractures leaving behind visible surface imperfections.

Ultrasonic cleaning should not be used on fragile gemstones that are susceptible to fracturing due to their internal crystal structure. Some of these fragile gems include emerald, peridot, tanzanite, and tourmaline.

Ultrasonic jewelry cleaners are definitely not recommended for soft materials such as amber, opal and pearls. Stones that are heavily included can be especially susceptible to fracturing, due to the presence of moisture that can be trapped within the fissure or crack.

Caution: Ultrasonic cleaners can loosen some settings, so care should be used with delicate jewelry containing intricate settings. Before using any ultrasonic or steam-cleaning device, you should always consult with your jeweler.

Hot Water, Steam or Jewelry Cleaning Solutions

For cleaning jewelry that contains set gemstones, steam cleaners are a good alternative to ultrasonic cleaners, but care must still be taken. When cleaning any gemstone with hot liquid or steam, you should avoid sudden and/or extreme temperature change (thermal shock) which could fracture some gemstones. Cleaning jewelry in boiling water should be avoided at all costs, and you should never immerse aquamarine, emerald, tanzanite, topaz, tourmaline, or zircon in any boiling liquid.

Pearls, amber, red coral, mother-of-pearl, agates, and opal are all porous materials that can absorb liquids, so you should never immerse them in any cleaning solution.

You should never use a strong detergent, solvent or any kind of abrasive cleaner on pearls, amber or other soft materials because they will cloud, dull, or scratch the finish. There are specially formulated cleaning solutions for use on softer stones, but you should still use caution when cleaning. Solvents should be avoided when cleaning any oiled gemstone such as emerald, or dyed stones such as lapis lazuli or onyx.

Perfumes and hairspray can dull the finish of soft materials, so jewelry should be put on after these products are applied. Never mix cleaning solutions such as chlorine and ammonia, which can be lethal when combined.

Caution: Steam jewelry cleaners can damage some gemstones, so when in doubt you should always consult with your jeweler or gemologist.

Jewelry Polishing Cloth

It is best to clean amber, pearls or other softer materials with a soft, dry flannel polishing cloth. An untreated polishing cloth can be moistened with lukewarm water and/or a diluted solution of mild soap and water. There are also specialty cleaning cloths that come pre-treated with various cleaning solutions for specific applications. Diamond repels water but attracts fat, so once cleaned, you should avoid touching a polished diamond with your fingers. Always check with the manufacturer's recommendations BEFORE use.

Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaners

Shining Image Kendal 4800 Ultrasonic Cleaner

Shining Image Kendal 4800 Commercial Ultrasonic Cleaner

The digital Shining Image Kendal 4800 is a commercial-grade ultrasonic cleaner that is designed for professional and personal use. This unit has a powerful transducer and large tank capacity, making it great for professional cleaning. It is one of the only cleaners to use a digital program to control the unit according to the quantity and condition of the items to be cleaned. It is also the first ultrasonic cleaner to use a cooling fan for prolonged operation. The stainless-steel cleaning tank capacity is 2.46 pints (1400mL) with an inside dimension of 7" x 5.5" x 2.75" deep). The digital program has 5 working cycles from 90 to 480 seconds. Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 6 inches.

Genesis Commercial Ultrasonic Cleaner

Price: $149.99

Jewelry Cleaning - Genesis Ultrasonic Cleaner

Genesis Commercial Ultrasonic Cleaner

Commercial-grade tabletop ultrasonic cleaner by Genesis. The tank capacity is 0.8 gallons, and it measures 5.5" x 6" x 6" (6 inches deep). It comes with powerful 80W ultrasonic wave, 50 KHz cleaning cycles, and a built-in heater with 150W heating power. Adjustable timer from 0-5 minutes, and adjustable heater from 20 to 70 degrees centigrade. Combined with it durable stainless steel body, this ultrasonic cleaner is a must-have for jewelry shops or anybody who needs a powerful cleaning tool! Durable stainless steel body, tank, and cover. Maximum heater power is 150W. Includes a one-year manufacturer's warranty on labor and parts, and 10 year warranty on transducer.

Genesis Commercial Ultrasonic Cleaner

Price: $198.00

Sonic Wave Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner CD-2800

Sonic Wave Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner CD-2800

This unit's stainless steel cleaning chamber has a 16-ounce capacity and uses ordinary tap water. The quiet, solid state circuitry creates 42,000 ultrasonic energy waves per second, bringing your items to a clean, bright shine without using harsh chemicals or scrubbing. The millions of microscopic cleansing bubbles created by the extreme vibrations cause even the most stuck on dirt and grime to detach. The Sonic Wave ultrasonic cleaner is ideal for items such as gold, platinum, rings, watch bands, and some gemstones (see caution above).

Sonic Wave Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner CD-2800

Price: $79.98


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Jewelry Steam Cleaners

Jewelry Cleaning - Jewel Jet Steamer

Jewel Jet Steamer

Professional jewelers use Steam Cleaners, (called Steamers for short) to make diamond and gold jewelry sparkly clean. Steam cleaning helps to remove the packed in dirt found behind stones and are indispensable in jeweler's shops large and small. The Jewel Jet is one of the first personal jewelry steam cleaner designed specifically for home use.

Jewel Jet Steamer

Price: $99.99

Professional Steam Cleaner for Jewelry

Professional Steam Cleaner for Jewelry

This steam cleaner was designed by mechanical engineers for the jewelry business. The Blitz Professional Jewelry Steam Cleaner comes with a foot pedal for easy operation. The Jewelry Steam Cleaner requires no chemicals to produce its amazing results, so it's use is non-toxic and safe for the environment. This unit uses only 42 oz. of tap water (distilled water required for heavy, prolonged use). The tank size is 1.7 liters (approx 1.5 quarts). This Professional Jewelry Steam Cleaner's features include: 35 to 55 PSI operating pressure and foot pedal operation.

Professional Steam Cleaner for Jewelry

Price: $182.00

Jewelry Cleaning - Reliable i500A Professional Stainless Steel Jewelry Steam Cleaner

Reliable i500A Professional Jewelry Steam Cleaner

Developed for professional jewelers, the i500A offers a quick efficient way of cleaning away polishing compounds fingerprints soap spots and dirt. With steam nozzle and electronic foot pedal (i500A). Also available with i37 steam gun (i500B). Automatic shut-off - with low water light indicator. Pressure gauge manometer. 50 p.s.i. operating pressure = DRY STEAM. 12-gauge heavy-duty wiring. Ceramic terminal block. Stainless steel tank and outer casing. Quick disconnect fittings for steam hose (i500B model only). 4-pin (quick disconnect) plug for electrical connection. Up to 4-hours of continuous steam. 1 Year Warranty

Reliable i500A Steam Cleaner

Price: $649.00

Jewelry Cleaning - Reliable i700a Professional Stainless Steel Jewelry Steam Cleaner

Reliable i700a Professional Jewelry Steam Cleaner

The Reliable i700A is the industries most trusted jewelry steam cleaner. The i700A has been designed to deliver superior quality steam and provide the best possible user experience. Offers a quick efficient way of cleaning polishing compounds fingerprints soap spots and dirt. . Best used for cleaning all types of compounds, fingerprints, soap spots and dirt. Adjustable steam nozzle with electronic foot pedal. Built-in steam solenoid valve. Automatic shut-off - with low water light indicator. Teddington pressure control. Built-in spare element blow-down valve. Pressure gauge manometer. Up to 80 p.s.i. operating pressure = DRY STEAM . 12-gauge heavy-duty wiring ceramic terminal block. 1 Year Warranty

Reliable i700a Steam Cleaner

Price: $1,399.00


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Jewelry Cleaning Solutions and Polishing Cloths

Jewelry Cleaning - Connoisseurs Sonic Jewelry Bath Cleaning Kit

Connoisseurs Sonic Jewelry Bath Cleaning Kit

The Sonic Jewelry Bath Cleaning Kit contains Large Jewelry CarryAll, Sonic Jewelry Bath, and Sonic Refill Concentrates, both Regular and Delicate, in 8 Ounce bottles.

Connoisseurs Large Jewelry CarryAll is the safe new way to carry jewelry. Large size is perfect for trips and holds enough jewelry for several outfits. Offers 3-way protection: Zip secure closure, foam padding throughout, and velvety interior prevents scratches. All the products in this kit excluding the concentrates are backed by the good Housekeeping seal of approval.

Connoisseurs Sonic Jewelry Bath Cleaning Kit

Price: $22.99

Jewelry Cleaning - Connoisseurs Jewelry Cleaner

Connoisseurs Jewelry Cleaner

The world's best jewelry cleaners. The safe and easy way to restore the original luster to diamonds, precious stones, platinum, and gold jewelry. For pearls, opal, coral and other delicate jewelry use Connoisseurs Delicate Jewelry Cleaner or Connoisseurs Pearl Cleaner. Each package contains holding basins and scrub brushes to safely clean gold and silver jewelry.

Connoisseurs Jewelry Cleaner

Price: $4.74

Jewelry Cleaning - Blitz Silver Shine - Silver Jewelry Cleaner

Blitz Silver Shine - Silver Jewelry Cleaner

Blitz Silver Shine is designed to remove tarnish from silver jewelry in seconds by utilizing a revolutionary new electrochemical process and is packaged in a wide mouth jar to easily clean larger pieces of silver jewelry.

Blitz Silver Shine - Silver Jewelry Cleaner

Price: $9.00

Jewelry Cleaning - Blitz Jewelry Care Kit

Blitz Jewelry Care Kit

The Blitz Jewelry Care Kit comes complete with Gem & Jewelry Cleaner and a Polishing Cloth. This kit is formulated for the special Care of gold, platinum, diamond and Precious gemstone jewelry. Do not use On porous gems, emerald, opal and pearls.

Blitz Jewelry Care Kit

Price: $10.00

Jewelry Cleaning - Blitz Gem & Jewelry Cleaner

Blitz Gem & Jewelry Cleaner

Blitz Gem and Jewelry Cleaner is ideal for cleaning Gold, Platinum, Diamonds, Ruby, Sapphire, Topaz, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Garnet, Peridot and other non-porous precious and semi-precious gem jewelry. 5.5 oz jar.

Blitz Gem & Jewelry Cleaner

Price: $6.00

Jewelry Cleaning - Polishing Cloth For Silver and Gold

Polishing Cloth For Silver and Gold

This Is one of the better Jewelry Polishing Cloths on the market. Originally made For Silver Cleaning and thats what it's Best at, but it will clean most metals very well. Large 12" X 12" size designed to last a long time.

Polishing Cloth

Price: $5.00

Jewelry Cleaning - Connoisseurs Silver Polish - Polishing Cloth

Connoisseurs Silver Polish - Polishing Cloth

These UltraSoft full-sized professional polishing cloths clean, polish and protect, all in one! With a dual cloth system: the 100% cotton flannel inner cloth instantly lifts dirt and tarnish while applying a special anti-tarnish barrier; the soft flannel outer cloth buffs fine jewelry and silver to a gleaming luster.

Polishing Cloth - Silver Polish

Price: $6.74

Jewelry Cleaning - Blitz Ultra Jewelry Cleaning & Polishing Cloth

Blitz Ultra Jewelry Cleaning & Polishing Cloth

The Blitz Ultra Jewelry Cleaning & Polishing Cloth is a 100% cotton flannel cloth. The inner cloth cleans and the outer cloth polishes. Formulated for fine jewelry.

Blitz Ultra Jewelry Cleaning & Polishing Cloth

Price: $6.00


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