I understood from the beginning we are really talking about crud
burnt onto diamonds rather than burnt diamonds with the nice
permanent frosting and not the sudden change in color to a “low
brown” sort of color. After suggesting the extreme "hot flux"
method I realized from some posts that others often do as I and use
a lye type of cleaner beforehand.
The problem heRe: A company president who is out to get certain jobs
done right away and that precludes a good lye cleaning, needless to
say the lack of good ventilation in this shop. Profit before
employee, it seems and is. So, for speed and the best cleaning
available in a short time period, the flux method does work. Yes,
Peter, it does work with stones with “no holes” but takes a few
tries as the flux is very resistant to flow there but it can be
Overall, I prefer a good oven cleaner/lye type of cleaning first but
when extreme measures “are” needed, the hot flux does the job with
persistence on the part of the jeweler.
I admonish customers over and over again to bring in jewelry for
cleaning often, very often. Not only does this help the customer
avoid lost stones and look good in the meantime, routine and
regualar cleaning helps me on the repair end.
Amazing, some customers want rings cleaned and to the eye the ring
looks clean! These are good, dependable, responsible jewelry
cleaning customers. They do get better service from their jewelry
and have learned the values of regular cleaning. Then again, the
othe stuff comes in and looks robbed from a dumpsite considering the
crud imbedded. Some is actually so yucky I want to put on the latez
gloves to handle it. Why don’t folks notice this in their own
jewelry? Not to mention more difficult to clean things like watch
All posts are appreciated by this jeweler. There is always a better
idea and a new and effective method, it seems, revealed by Orchid
Blessings and Peace to All. Good holiday for those having one!