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#340988 - 08/08/07 08:52 AM Hard water spots on real diamond??
Teri Offline
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Hi all
We just moved and we now have REAL hard water. Well I just cleaned my real diamond marquise and the under side did NOT come clean!! \:\(

I clean it by using warm amonia and dish soap AND a baby tooth brush????

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#340995 - 08/08/07 09:06 AM Re: Hard water spots on real diamond?? [Re: Teri]
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The soap (depending on the type you use) and hard water may both be leaving spots. Try cleaning it with just ammonia and then steam it. Good luck!

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#340997 - 08/08/07 09:09 AM Re: Hard water spots on real diamond?? [Re: Teri]
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Several gals w/hard water-jewelry problems use/keep distilled water specially for their sparklies. You can buy it by the gallon, very inexpensively at most pharmacies or Wal-Mart, etc. \:\)

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#344207 - 08/22/07 08:46 AM Re: Hard water spots on real diamond?? [Re: Cricketgrrl]
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THANKS for the ideas!! I still can NOT get the "stuff" off the underside of my diamond?? I usally am a NUT about keeping my ring clean so this is driving me CRAZY!!

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#344213 - 08/22/07 08:57 AM Re: Hard water spots on real diamond?? [Re: Teri]
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PS I have tried just ammonia and my little ultrasonic cleaner. And then the next day I tried putting my ring in my coffee pot's filter and running vinegar through it?? I heard some one else did that??????

Maybe I have not soaked it long enough???

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#344239 - 08/22/07 10:19 AM Re: Hard water spots on real diamond?? [Re: Teri]
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Try soaking it in plain old rubbin alki \:\)

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#344290 - 08/22/07 12:58 PM Re: Hard water spots on real diamond?? [Re: pinkbow]
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Forget the ammonia. Hard water is generally caused by too much calcium in it and you need a mild acid to disolve it. I live in San Antonio, hard water heaven, and white vinegar does a good job with my stones. Just soak your ring in full strength vinegar for a 30 min or so, then clean with a soft brush.
If you use tap water to clean/rinse your jewelery, don't use a heat source (hair dryer) to dry them. It sets the calciun deposits and makes them more difficult to remove.
You should use vinegar fairly frequently to prevent build up in your coffeemaker, too. The calcium coats the inner workings and eventually will destroy it, if you don't prevent it.

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#344337 - 08/22/07 06:12 PM Re: Hard water spots on real diamond?? [Re: gemcat]
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Good advice! We have really hard water. Hubby was pushing to get a whole house water softener for $500.00 so he wouldn't have spots on his car after he washed it. I said no way just for the car. BUT... now that I know it causes build up on my precious sparklies I may have to rethink my decision! LOL.

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#344371 - 08/22/07 08:05 PM Re: Hard water spots on real diamond?? [Re: WTNLVR]
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SO TRUE Gemcat!! I learned the vinegar trick in the coffee pot from my mom and avid coffee drinker!! \:\) So I thought I would try it for my ring. It has cleaned some of it off BUT there is still some left so I will let it soak longer next time!!!

THANKS ladies for all your help!

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#344399 - 08/23/07 12:18 AM Re: Hard water spots on real diamond?? [Re: Teri]
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yikes!
This is all making sense to me now....
....going off to soak sparklies in vinegar...

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