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  1. mk206
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    by mk206 » Apr 23, 2019
    Hi there! Does anyone have any advice or tips on how to keep gold jewelry looking neat and shiny? I soak in warm water with blue dawn, clean with soft baby toothbrush, and use my magnasonic to try and keep the grime off of my ring. But when it comes to the little scratches on the gold surface that happen over time, what can I do about that? My ring has an 18k yellow shank with platinum prongs. Thanks!
     
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  2. the_mother_thing
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    by the_mother_thing » Apr 23, 2019
    Sunshine polishing cloths are great for quick polishes and readily available on Amazon.
     
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    by SandyinAnaheim » Apr 24, 2019
    Shortly after wearing my gold watch, I started to notice those little marks on the gold band and FREAKED OUT! I took it to my jeweler and he whipped out a jar of Blue Magic Metal Polish Cream, and in one minute the scratches were gone. This polish is predominantly used in the auto industry to polish chrome, where even the finest abrasives will leave scratches, but this one removes them. I now use it on all my jewelry and can bring a brand new out of the box look to my husband's beat up platinum band in 10 minutes. I love that stuff! You can't get it in CA anymore, but there's always eBay...:mrgreen2:
     
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    by lambskin » Apr 24, 2019
    I use Goddard's silver polish paste and it really takes the tarnish off of yellow gold.
     
    


    


  5. stracci2000
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    by stracci2000 » Apr 24, 2019
    Buy a jewelry polishing cloth.
    It is impregnated with a fine polishing compound.
    This will gently remove all the tiny scratches that give gold and silver a dull look over time.
    This is the one I use, Fabulustre.
    Actually, I have several. They last forever. p1536tlb.jpg
     
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  6. acaw2015
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    by acaw2015 » Apr 24, 2019
    Beware that polishing gold means a small amount is removed each time, meaning the ring will eventually become thinner over time. I have learnt to appreciate the scratches, if you can too that would help preserve your ring.
     
  7. Alex T
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    by Alex T » Apr 24, 2019
    I’m in your camp on this one. My mother has several 18ct gold rings that have worn SO thin that the shanks have snapped. I often wear my grandmothers 18ct & platinum ring from 1937, but it has worn so thin underneath (now less than 1mm diameter) that not only am I worried it will snap, it’s also incredibly sharp to get on & off as it’s like wire.

    Personally I absolutely LOVE the patina of wear on rings, particularly wedding rings. Every autumn when my rings get their appraisals, my jeweller knows not to polish them up. He only made that mistake once! The scratches & scuffs, for me, tell their story. It’s their way of writing about your married life :love:
     
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    by KristinTech » Apr 24, 2019
    I love my patina and history, too! I read once that a light polish is called a “sympathetic” polish. I love that term. :lol:
     
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  9. mk206
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    by mk206 » Apr 24, 2019
    Yes! I am aware of this so I was wondering what might be safe to use or how often it’s okay to use it. I’ve understood that it should only get polished at a jeweler every 6 months or so, but didn’t know if there was anything at home that was safe to use in between (or how often it could be used). I don’t want to weaken the ring too fast but I also think my ring looks best when the metal and diamond are both clean and shiny and sparkly. :)
     
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    by TweetyBird23 » Apr 24, 2019
    I love the shiny look of a newly polished band. Cartier told me to only polish my 2.5 mm gold band once or twice in my lifetime. :knockout:
     
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  11. motownmama
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    by motownmama » Apr 24, 2019
    I’m in the no polish zone myself. I guess I like the lived in look.
     
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    by diamondseeker2006 » Apr 24, 2019
    Definitely not wise to have a gold ring polished every 6 months. I'd agree with one or twice total ever. Polishing does remove the gold as others have said.

    Yellow gold really does not change color like platinum does from scratches and shouldn't get all that scratched up if taken off before cooking, cleaning, etc. Just keep it clean and it will look fine!
     
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  13. mk206
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    by mk206 » Apr 24, 2019
    Hmm maybe I have misunderstood something in the past. Is there something else a jeweler does when you bring it in for a cleaning/prong check every 6 months or so? I swear it is so much shinier than when I just clean at home with my magnasonic and toothbrush. Maybe it's the steaming?

    I don't want to wear down my gold. Just didn't know if there were "safe" options for polishing cloths or something else to use gently at home every now and then to help keep it shiny.
     
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    by diamondseeker2006 » Apr 25, 2019
    My rings always look better when professionally cleaned, too! I think it really might be the steamer!
     
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    by Karl_K » Apr 25, 2019
    Life is short,
    If you bothered by small scratches polish them away.
    It will take a long time to to remove an appreciable amount of metal and if it gets to thin buy a new setting.

    Professional steam cleaning does get rings cleaner than anything else.
    I have seen rings that looked perfectly clean but the droplets that came off from the steam were absolutely nasty looking.
    Hair spay is the number one jeweler duller and it is hard to remove.
    If you want it to look shiny longer put them on after the hairspray is on and dont have them in the area when using hairspray.
     
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    by SandyinAnaheim » Apr 25, 2019
    Let's not forget that gold is popular for jewelry not only because of its inherent beauty, but because of its malleability. Gold is a "soft" metal and it wears away on its own with use. 18k YG is about 2.75 on the Mohs scale, 14K is 3-4, white gold is 2.8-4 and platinum is about 3.5.

    Aggressive/machine polishing will obviously wear gold away, but "sympathetic polishing" done at home by hand is not going to wear away your gold any more than wearing it will. I'm in the camp of liking my metals looking bright and beautiful, without the scars of daily life evident. I polish my rings once a year, and my husband's ring quarterly.
     
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    by acaw2015 » Apr 25, 2019
    You should absolutely polish the ring if you want to and like the shiny look. I love the look of shiny gold too. :twisted2: It is all up to personal preference. But I simply wanted to warn you. I agree with what has been said, of course you could buy a new ring at a later date. Personally I want to keep my rings and would love it if my children wanted to keep them and maybe wear them. I am so saddened to se my fathers wedding band, that he polishes to death at home with a polishing cloth, it is really thin and super sharp at the edges. He would never buy another ring. I am also saddened to see all beautiful antique rings that are so thin you can barely wear them. I recently bought one that I only wear when I know I wont use that hand because the shank is so worn... ;(
    To each their own! But it is better to know what you are doing before it is to late, right?
     
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    by stracci2000 » Apr 25, 2019
    Long ago, I let a salesperson at a jewelry store polish a ring for me. Big gigantic mistake on my part. I was stupid and uneducated.
    This overzealous, seasonal employee (it was in Dec.) was aggressive with the polishing wheel, and my prongs were visibly shorter when he handed the ring back.:angryfire: Never again!!
    I polish my own jewelry now.
    As for the jewelry cloth I mentioned above, (Fabulustre), I use it mostly on sterling. I polish DH's gold rings occasionally, because he is hard on his jewelry.
    I gently touch up my own gold rings maybe once a year.
     
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    by SandyinAnaheim » Apr 25, 2019
    Absolutely it's better to know what you're doing before endeavoring ANYTHING! :lol:

    I find there is a big difference between the gentle polishing I do at home on a yearly basis with a very effective product, and compulsively polishing with any type of product, wouldn't you agree? I have not had an experience like @stracci2000 with machine polishing, as my method keeps me from needing it. That's a SAD story!

    I have two antique rings that have very thin shanks as well, presumably due to age and wear. I find them very uncomfortable and had one of them built up to a normal width, and regret not having euro shanks added when I had it repaired. My WB/ER have euro shanks and I LOVE THEM.
     
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    Haha sure! Well in my country we have a saying, it is like choosing between the plague and cholera. I would rather choose cholera, but prefer not being sick at all. :lol:
     
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    by stracci2000 » Apr 25, 2019
    It is a slightly sad story. The ring was not really altered that much, but I could see a difference.
    I did not ask the guy to polish it. I had the diamond reset at this shop, and I was in there browsing.
    I mentioned to the guy at the counter that my diamond had been reset there, and he offered to polish it. Foolishly I handed it over, thinking I could trust him because this was a well regarded store, and they did a marvelous job on my ring.
    I didnt realize he was taking it to the wheel, until I heard the motor going.
    In hindsight, I should've shouted to the rafters that he reduced my prongs. But being rather "green", I didn't.
    The ring is fine, but I'm still regretful.
     
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