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Good machine but wait for sale,
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This machine has worked great in cleaning up some used jewelry I bought online. I used it with a commercial jewelry cleaner liquid soap, so that might help with effectiveness. I was pretty amazed in how well it cleaned out the tight undergallery of a tanzanite ring - the stones were a completely different color (darker and better) than before the cleaning and actually sparkled again. Just one three-minute cycle seems to do the trick but for really gunky undergalleries more cycles are likely needed.
I was able to find this cleaner new on Amazon for $18 - if there aren't any available at that price now, I recommend waiting to see if that price will be posted again.
I would NOT use this machine with fine pave settings or cheaply crafted prong settings because it knocked out a diamond baguette in one of my other rings (not high quality) on the first cleaning. Fortunately, whatever it knocks out settles to the bottom of the stainless steel compartment. I also would not use it for glued inlays (e.g., some black opal rings).
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Initial post: Jul 1, 2013 6:14:17 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 1, 2013 6:15:08 PM PDT
Deborah Hilgart says:
you shouldn't clean opals in an ultrasonic cleaner anyway. It could cause them to crack.
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