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Londonchris

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Just a quick warning for those who use old toothbrushes ect for scrubbing their jewels.
Best to use a brush with soft bristles not NYLON.
Nylon is very strong stuff and though it will not harm your gems,if it does get snagged someplace it will be the metal breaking or bending before the nylon...
So be warned
 

Dee*Jay

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Londonchris, so how do you know if the bristles are nylon? I bought a soft toothbrush to use on some pave pieces that I don''t want to put in the ultrasonic but I can''t tell what the bristles are made of. And other than nylon, what material should they be?
 

Londonchris

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Well i would read the packaging,though you will probably find all toothbrushes are of nylon.
Just have to be careful or find some other soft type brush.
 

Modified Brilliant

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Good point.

Nylon is very strong and can pull a prong. My mom lost her diamond many years ago while snagging her ring on nylon stockings.

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Date: 12/24/2006 4:05:51 PM
Author:Londonchris
Just a quick warning for those who use old toothbrushes ect for scrubbing their jewels.
Best to use a brush with soft bristles not NYLON.
Nylon is very strong stuff and though it will not harm your gems,if it does get snagged someplace it will be the metal breaking or bending before the nylon...
So be warned
 

simplysplendid

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I went into a jade shop yesterday and bought a pair of new vintage jade earrings and a jade ring. The couple who owns the store has been dealing in jewelry since 1960s. They mention something that is consistent with this - that when you use a toothbrush to wash your jewerly, do not brush or scrub, just gently dab with the brush else it may damage the setting.
 
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