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How to clean a collet setting or something with a stone that is sealed in the back?

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I saw this question posted in a different thread, and also searched but didn't find the question posed elsewhere on PS. Thought I would post it here. Can a diamond be cleaned properly if it's sealed in the back? How to do it? Curious for those of you out there with a setting like this.
 

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I don’t consider myself educated enough to definitively answer you

Mine isn’t a diamond and it isn’t antique.
I was told it’s airtight and since the stone is clean and metal is high polished before setting - nothing is getting in or out.

Assumptions are then made on my part it shouldn’t introduce moisture spots nor debris/substances that one would need to brush/scrub away - as if it were accessible.

Once wear happens and it’s maybe not airtight anymore -
I think that’s when water spots and substances getting in there become an issue.
Maybe because it becomes non airtight - then it needs to be given a ‘spa day’ and cleaned and reset at the jeweler to once again be airtight?
Dunno - good question for the $$$$diamond ones out there!
 

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Per Lang Antiques: "Don’t forget, many of our oldest pieces never learned to swim—for example, closed back and foil-backed jewelry, popular in the Georgian Era, should not be exposed to water even in the course of careful wear."
https://www.langantiques.com/knowledge/care

Also, https://www.antiqueringboutique.com...#:~:text=Cleaning,remove any residue build up.:

Cleaning​

If gemstones are mounted in closed-back for settings that are lined in foil, immersing them in water will damage and flake the foiling and the gems will appear dark and dull, instead wipe the stones with a soft, lint free cloth to remove any residue build up. Try to prevent your jewellery from coming into close contact with perfume, makeup or oil by putting it on last.
 

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Yeah
Adding foil backing to the mix is whole other ballgame
 

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Per Lang Antiques: "Don’t forget, many of our oldest pieces never learned to swim—for example, closed back and foil-backed jewelry, popular in the Georgian Era, should not be exposed to water even in the course of careful wear."
https://www.langantiques.com/knowledge/care

Also, https://www.antiqueringboutique.com...#:~:text=Cleaning,remove any residue build up.:

Cleaning​

If gemstones are mounted in closed-back for settings that are lined in foil, immersing them in water will damage and flake the foiling and the gems will appear dark and dull, instead wipe the stones with a soft, lint free cloth to remove any residue build up. Try to prevent your jewellery from coming into close contact with perfume, makeup or oil by putting it on last.

Right I was wondering more about newly made but antique inspired.
 

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@Gussie

Are yours completely solid backed?
You have newly made and old - or am I mistaken?
 
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