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hand sanatizers and rings

Discussion in 'Show Me the Bling! (Rings,Earrings,Jewelry)' started by soontowed, Dec 28, 2009.

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  1. soontowed
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    by soontowed » Dec 28, 2009
    Does anybody know if hand sanitizers can cause damage to platinum or to diamonds?
     
  2. T L
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    by T L » Dec 28, 2009
    You can put a diamond in sulphuric acid, and it won''t harm it, so I doubt hand santizers would do any damage. I don''t think it would harm platinum either. It just might make the metal and stone look dirty (until you cleaned it).
     
  3. HVVS
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    by HVVS » Dec 28, 2009
    The ones I''ve used (don''t know brand b/c they are in a dispenser at work) are alcohol based and they strip off the soap scums & oils. I give my rings a spritz just to clean them, lol. (but don''t tell anyone)
     
  4. marcy
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    by marcy » Dec 28, 2009
    I try to never put my rings in anything - I carry a ring box and put them away when I have to wash my hands.
     
  5. njmom8285
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    by njmom8285 » Dec 29, 2009
    I had a similar problem as your concern a few years ago. It was only a silver piece (the Tiffany heart bracelet) But they coat them with Rhodium after polishing. I was doing physical therapy in a pool that used a good amount of chemicals. I didn''t even think of it and went in and did my exercises. When I was getting dressed I noticed the bracelet was dull and sort of patchy looking for lack of better words.

    Long story short~my son lived in Philadelphia at the time and took it in for me. Tiffany''s restored it but told him, no chemicals, no alcohol from perfumes, etc and no acetone. As it eats up the rhodium coating. I''m not sure about the sanitizers~but they do have alcohol in them. I would be careful with them. Maybe try a test piece of older less important jewelry and see what happens!!
     
  6. LilyKat
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    by LilyKat » Dec 29, 2009
    I highly doubt it''s a problem with diamonds or platinum, or unplated gold.

    I''d probably avoid it if I had a rhodium-plated ring or a silver ring.
     
  7. Lynnie
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    by Lynnie » Dec 29, 2009
    I''m a nurse, wear my platinum e-ring all the time (I''ve had it for 2 years now), and I use that handsanitizer about 50 times a shift... no problems whatsoever. I still need to polish it occasionally, though. I wash my hands a ton, too.
     
  8. Mrs Mitchell
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    by Mrs Mitchell » Dec 29, 2009
    I''ve been visiting a relative in hospital recently and I''ve used these sanitisers a lot. The alcohol based ones seem to help rather than hurt the sparkle, but I do rinse off my rings when I get home. I don''t think they do any harm at all to the platinum, since I use alcohol to clean my rings anyway.
     
  9. split_shank
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    by split_shank » Dec 29, 2009
    Not sure about platinum, but definitely will strip rhodium/white gold over time. Same goes for anti-bacterial hand soap from what my jeweler told me. And for as often as I have been going in the last 9 months to replate, I believe it!
     
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