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Ionic v ultrasonic


#1

I’m debating whether to get an ultrasonic cleaner or an ionic one
(SpeedBrite). But I don’t really know how they are different in what
they accomplish. Anyone out there know, and have
recommendations?


#2
    I'm debating whether to get an ultrasonic cleaner or an ionic
one (SpeedBrite).  But I don't really know how they are different in
what they accomplish.  Anyone out there know, and have
recommendations? 

Hi Mary, Look in the Orcid Archives. There were several postings on
this exact question.


#3

Attn. Mary Ultrasonic Cleaners are aggressive and ionic cleaners are
Passive. If you are working with soft stones such as Opals & Emeralds
which are known to crack due to the Ultrasonic Agitation you would
use the ionic Cleaners. Similarly on old cluster rings that may have
questionably loose stones that you do not want to be involved in you
would use the ionic cleaner. (Draw back is that you have to use
their solution)

For all other purposes Ultrasonic Cleaners work better. (Plus point
Cleans much better and the solution is available everywhere)

If you have any questions you can call me at (845) 425-6315

Kenneth


#4

Hi Mary, The SpeedBrite Ionic cleaner advertises itself (and its
liquid solution) as being safe for all gems, including emeralds, opal
and pearl. An ultrasonic is more aggressive, in my experience, and
especially depending on the solution, and be very bad for some stones.
In certain situations the risk from the ultrasonic is due to the
energy waves, in other cases possibly due to harsh chemicals.

I have the best of both worlds… a SpeedBrite that mounts on the
side of, and works with my ultrasonic. I can use one, the other, or
both actions at any time. I just have to remember not to use the
speedbrite after applying a patina because it lifts it right off
there!

If I had to choose one or the other? Tough question… probably I’d
go with the ultrasonic and resort to hand cleaning sensitive pieces
like I used to do.

Hope this helps,

Dave
Dave Sebaste
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans’ Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)
dave@sebaste.com