Review of an ultrasonic cleaner used for cleaning jewellery
By Mark Evitt.
For Chanukah this year, my wife requested an ultrasonic jewellery cleaner. Not only did I get to skip buying her jewellery, but she wanted a cleaning device! This was practically a present to myself.
So it was cheap (approx £30). But did it work? Last weekend my wife and I spent a very enjoyable afternoon cleaning her jewellery. The ultrasonic cleaner will damage soft stones and pearls, but it’s good for just about anything else (including retainers!). The stainless steel cleaning tray vibrates very fast to shake loose dirt.
My wife and I have been together for 12 years and I’ve given her a lot of jewellery over that time. The first thing we cleaned was the first piece of jewellery I ever gave her – a sterling silver bracelet. She had worn it every day for more than five years. It had gotten badly tarnished and there was crud in between the links. See all of those black specks in the photo? That’s gunk that came off the bracelet. After two 3-minute sessions in the ultrasonic cleaner, the bracelet was essentially good as new.
We cleaned the rest of her metal jewellery (she has a lot from one particular store) and finished with her engagement and wedding rings. The transformation was remarkable, as you can see from the top photo. Old, badly tarnished pieces that she had stopped wearing because they didn’t shine looked new again. This was a satisfying and rewarding project that was especially fun to do together. Looking at the pieces I was reminded of the nervous college kid buying jewellery for his girlfriend.
The ultrasonic cleaner has to be the most “worthwhile” gadget I’ve written about. It’s affordable. It works well. It revives favorite jewellery pieces, eliminating the need to buy more jewellery. What more can you ask for?
Note: This review was found on the Manly Housekeeper website. It is an American website and so I’ve changed some of the spellings to UK English.