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I NEED HELP!! All of my gold rings turned black!!


I put all of my rings in what I though was just plan fantastic so soak while I cut up some meat. I've done this hundreds of times and I've even left them soak for a few days like this. Well this time when I went to put my rings back on everyone of them, including my wedding ring tunred black! It was then that I realized that the fantastic I used this time had bleach in it. I now know that the bleach is what cause them to change color, but I had no clue this could happen when you use bleach. I now know that this can even while you are just cleaning with it and don't have gloves on.

Now I don't know how to get the black off of them and need all the help I can get with this from you ladies!! If anyone knows what I can use to turn this around please let me know as soon as you can. I bought some gold cleaner, but it only took a small amount of the black off and even made some of my gold look more kind of like bronze, not gold. I know all of my rings are real gold from 10K to 14K, so I don't know why that happened either. I know if it comes down to it that I might have to take them in and have them cleaned, but I'm afraid of what that might end up costing me. Please any suggestions will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Aug 02, 2013 @ 08:27 am

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Mmmmm have you tried just using a mild soap?

If that doesn't work, I think you might need to take it to a jewellers to be professionally cleaned. But I do know that gold can turn black from certain chemicals and I do think there is a way to reverse this, so don't worry too much!
Aug 02, 2013 @ 09:49 am

Thanks Alex

I tried mild soap and warm water this morning, but it didn't seem to do much. I also read on line to try mixing 1 part ammonia with 6 parts water, but I'm not sure if I should mess with this to much on my own. I guess this mistake is going to cost me big time! I can just imagine how much a jeweler is going to charge me to have all five of them cleaned.

One other thing that I read was that doing any of this on your own might cause the stones to fall out because some rings only have the stones glued in. I thought that was very strange. I know none of my stones are glued in because you can see the gold claws that are holding them in.

Just something to keep your eye out for the next time you buy a new ring, or someone else buy's one for you. So when the time come's don't let him cheap out on you Alex.LOL

Thanks again.

Aug 02, 2013 @ 11:46 am


Have you tried putting one of the rings in boiling water and vinegar? That is usually how I clean my gold rings/necklaces, works pretty well
Aug 08, 2013 @ 07:36 pm


I haven't tried that yet, thanks for the suggestion, I'll give it a try today. If this doesn't work I'm taking everything in to a jewelry store this week. I can't stand not having all my rings on, I feel so bare. LOL
Aug 19, 2013 @ 07:06 am

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