Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated November 30, 2015)


For some reason jewelry has a tendency to become extremely dirty and grimy from normal everyday wear and tear. This doesn't even begin to touch the types of messes that you can find your jewelry in if you are doing a particularly nasty or dirty job. Unfortunately not many things can seem to work well enough to remove everything that can get stuck on jewelry. However, there is one type of cleaner out on the market that does make the claim that it is able to get jewelry amazingly clean. That cleaner, also known as an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner, is actually more of a cleaning implement than anything else. But does it really work as promised. Here are things that you should keep in mind before you step out and purchase one simply because it is the newest and latest cleaning tool.

  • What is it? In the simplest possible terms, an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner is an appliance that helps to remove dirt, grime, and other types of general nastiness from rings, necklaces, bracelets, and other types of jewelry. These types of devices are made up of three basic items which work in conjunction with one another to get everything clean. One part of the device is the motor, while the other part is a small tank into which you pour the third part—the cleaning solution.
  • Do they work? Frankly, it depends. For the most part these cleaning machines do work; however they only work when you use the correct cleaning solution, and the right operating frequency. What this means is that you really need to read the operator instructions carefully, and follow the directions that are printed there. Some of the cleaning machines are designed so that you can use regular tap water, while others are made so that you can only use a special type of cleaning solution. If you use the wrong solution, or have the machine set to the wrong frequency, then you will end up with some difficulties.
  • What not to do with them. As with most kinds of appliances, if you use an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner incorrectly, you can have some really nasty results. One of the more common would be to have your jewelry damaged in some way. The very first thing that you will need to keep in mind is that not all types of jewelry are able to be cleaned in this type of a machine. As a general rule of thumb, you should not use an ultrasonic cleaner for cleaning antiques, or any jewelry that contain things like pearls, opals, emeralds, tanzanite, turquoise, soft gemstones like amber, and anything that has particularly delicate work.

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Lee Wyatt

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2015-11-30 09:32:51


I just drop the items in undiluted Mr. Clean - let soak for a while - then rinse with clear water. Beautiful. Gets items sparkling clean without any work on my part. Works for gold, silver and costume jewelry. I don't have any antiques so don't know if this would impact them. (Then I add hot water and do other cleaning!)

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