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Removing black antiquing from a gold ring

Intro / synopsis: Cutex or paint remover, plus a toothbrush, are likely to be able to remove the blackening from the recesses of gold rings. However, removing the blackening may not be a good idea; read on.

Q. How do I remove black antiquing from my Citadel class ring? it is made by Balfour and is 10k gold.

DK Cak [fictitious]
- charleston south carolina
January 18, 2024

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Q. I have an 18K gold ring that has black antiquing in all the nooks and crannies. I really do not like it, and would like to remove it. Does anybody know what I can soak my ring in to remove the black antiquing without destroying the ring? I have access to lots of chemicals, but don't know what to use. Thanks!

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- Boston, Massachusetts

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Q. Hi there!

I'm also interested in removing antiquing from gold. Did you ever learn what works to remove it safely?

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Cheryl Whitten
- Chicago, Illinois, USA

A. Dip the jewelry in Cutex [on eBay or Amazon (adv.)] overnight and use a toothbrush to get the black out. . . Cutex is fingernail polish remover.

Brandon Vaguhn
- Charleston, South Carolina

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Q. I have an 18K gold class ring that has a black finish in its recesses. I want the ring to be all gold. Someone suggested soaking it 1:10 boric acid and then removing the paint with a toothbrush. Will that work or is there a better way ?

Don Conner
Construction - Auburn, Alabama

A. Liquid paint stripper from any hardware store.

jeffrey holmes
Jeffrey Holmes, CEF
Spartanburg, South Carolina

A. Since it's a class ring, the blackening is most likely removable with paint stripper as Jeffrey says, or Cutex [on eBay or Amazon (adv.)] and a toothbrush as Brandon suggests. However, for more exotic rings there is a chance that it is black rhodium [adv: black rhodium plating solution on eBay or Amazon (adv.)] or black ruthenium or other black precious metal just as resistant to chemicals as gold.

You're certainly welcome to remove the blackening if you wish, but in order to not mislead other readers into doing something they may regret, we should remember that one of the reasons recessed areas are blackened is because they have a tendency to blacken anyway (from tarnish due to lack of wear in the recesses, accumulation of dirt, etc.) Blackened recesses with bright highlights/protuberances look natural because they are; the opposite won't look natural and won't last long.
Luck & Regards,

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