Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaning: Dos and Dont's

Learn how to take better care of your best gemstones with an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner with this ultimate jewelry cleaning guide.

As jewelry enthusiasts, we have always been fascinated by the various gemstones that make up the beautiful pieces we wear. However, taking care of these precious stones can be quite a task. One of the most effective ways of cleaning jewelry is through the use of an ultrasonic cleaner. In this article, we’ll dive into the dos and don'ts of  ultrasonic jewelry cleaning to maintain the beauty of your gemstones. 

Introduction to Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaners

Ultrasonic cleaning machines are electronic devices that use high-frequency sound waves to deep clean jewelry, retainers, aligners, makeup brushes, and many other small accessories. The sound waves create millions of tiny bubbles that implode, producing a powerful cleaning action. This process, known as cavitation, removes dirt, grime, and other particles that may have accumulated on your jewelry over time. Ultrasonic jewelry cleaners are popular because they are efficient, easy to use, and gentle on jewelry.  An ultrasonic cleaning machine can make your gems sparkle and shine like new again. 

How Does An Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner Work?

An ultrasonic jewelry cleaner works by creating high-frequency sound waves that agitate the cleaning solution in which the jewelry is placed. The agitation causes the dirt and grime to be dislodged from the surface of the jewelry. The bubbles created by the sound waves are small enough to penetrate even the tiniest crevices, removing dirt and grime that may be impossible to remove by hand. 

Ultrasonic cleaners are particularly effective at cleaning intricate jewelry designs, such as those with lots of crevices and corners. The cleaning solution used in ultrasonic cleaners is usually a mix of water and detergent or another cleaning agent. The solution is heated to enhance the cleaning action of the ultrasonic waves.

The Benefits of Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaning

There are a myriad of benefits to ultrasonic jewelry cleaning. Firstly, an ultrasonic cleaner is very efficient at removing dirt and grime from jewelry. These devices are also gentle on jewelry, which means that they won't cause any damage to your precious gemstones. Using an ultrasonic cleaning machine at home is easy - it requires minimal effort yet produces incredible results.

Another benefit of using ultrasonic jewelry cleaners is that they are versatile. They can be used to clean a wide range of jewelry, including rings, necklaces, bracelets, watches, and earrings. Additionally, an ultrasonic cleaner is highly effective at cleaning many other personal items - such as eyeglasses, watches, dentures, toothbrushes, and makeup brushes.

What Should You Do Before Using An Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner?

When using an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner, there are several things that you should do to ensure that your jewelry is cleaned effectively and efficiently. Firstly, always read the manufacturer's instructions before using the device. This will help you understand how to use the device correctly and avoid any damage to your jewelry.

It is also essential to remove any loose stones or settings from your jewelry before cleaning it with an ultrasonic cleaner. Loose settings can be dislodged by the cleaning action and may cause damage to your jewelry. Additionally, always rinse your jewelry thoroughly with water after cleaning it in an ultrasonic cleaner.

What Gemstones Are Safe In An Ultrasonic Cleaner? 

Ultrasonic jewelry cleaners are compatible with most precious metals and some non-organic gemstones, as listed below.

Gemstones that are safe for ultrasonic jewelry cleaning:

  • Diamonds
  • Pave Diamonds
  • Cubic Zirconia
  • Sapphire
  • Ruby
  • Garnet
  • Amethyst
  • Precious metals 

Ultrasonic cleaners are known for working great with precious metals. You can safely clean white, yellow and rose gold using an ultrasonic cleaner. Silver and platinum jewelry can also be cleaned safely in an ultrasonic machine. 

What Jewelry Should Not Be Used In Ultrasonic Cleaners?

There are several things that you should avoid doing when using an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner. Firstly, do not use an ultrasonic cleaner on jewelry that is already damaged or has loose stones. The cleaning action may cause further damage to your jewelry. 

Gemstones you should not use in an ultrasonic cleaner:

  • Emerald
  • Onyx
  • Opal
  • Turquoise
  • Lapis Lazuli
  • Feldspar
  • Topaz
  • Amber
  • Malachite
  • Mother of Pearl

Additionally, tungsten (metal) can't withstand ultrasonic cleaning. Heavily included gemstones (like salt and pepper diamonds) should not be cleaned with an ultrasonic cleaner. Lastly, do not use an ultrasonic cleaner on plated jewelry, as the cleaning action may damage the plating.

How to Choose the Best Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner for Your Needs

Choosing the best ultrasonic jewelry cleaner for your needs can be a daunting task, given the many options available. However, there are several factors to consider to help you make an informed decision. 

Firstly, consider the size of the tank. If you have large items of jewelry or several items to clean at once, you will need a larger tank. Secondly, consider the frequency of the device. A frequency between 40 kHz to 45 kHz is a good frequency for most jewelry cleaning needs. You should also consider a higher frequency if your jewelry has a complex shape or cracks. 

Lastly, check out all of the features of the ultrasonic cleaner. Many cleaners will come with different bonus features that make cleaning easier. For example, the Ultrasonic UVC Cleaner offers an automatic shut-off, one-touch settings, multiple cleaning modes, and UV-C disinfection. 

The Takeaway

An ultrasonic jewelry cleaner is an excellent investment for anyone who wants to keep their jewelry looking clean and beautiful. However, it is essential to use these devices correctly to avoid damaging your precious gemstones. By following the dos and don'ts outlined in this article, you can ensure that your jewelry is cleaned effectively and efficiently. Remember to choose the best ultrasonic jewelry cleaner for your needs and always read the manufacturer's instructions before using the device. 

Next Step

For a high-quality ultrasonic cleaning machine, consider the 2-in-1 Ultrasonic UVC Cleaner. With a sleek design that looks good anywhere, this device combines professional-grade ultrasonic cleaning with integrated UV-C sanitization to restore your jewelry in minutes.

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