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Jewelry Cleaner Machines: Ultrasonic, Sonic, Ionic, Steam, Jewellery Cleaning Machinery Parts

Updated on February 4, 2015

An ultrasonic jewelry cleaner (ultrasound cleaner) is an electronic device, which is suitable for standard household outlets, and designed to remove dirt from jewelry.

Ultrasonic jewelry cleaners consist of two main parts:

  • a cleaning tank - this is filled with warm water and/or a cleaning solution (non-ionic surfactants, detergents or ammonia) together with the jewelry items
  • a transducer - this produces ultrasonic energy transmitted by vibrating sound waves (at over 40,000 cycles per second). This creates microscopic bubbles (cavitation).

The cavitation process penetrates those hard to reach crevices in jewelry that cleaning cloths and cleaners miss.

The jewelry itself is safe in this process but it is advised that very soft stones such as opals, amber, turquoise and pearls and jewelry items such as emeralds, tanzanite, peridot, malachite, mother of pearl and coral are not cleaned in this way.

Steam cleaning is safe for all but the most delicate gems and is a good alternative for set gemstones.

Sonic jewelry cleaners are gentler than the more powerful ultrasonic cleaners and are usually safe with emerald etc if used for a short period, although care should be taken.

Ionic jewelry cleaners are much more reliable for delicate jewelry items as they do not use heat, sound waves, or abrasives.

Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner / Cleaning Machines

The Blitz Alpha and Blitz Alpha II Ultrasonic jewelry cleaners are budget machines that come with jewelry basket and brush.

The Blitz Alpha II also comes with concentrate.

They are both battery operated with twin-speed action.

This jewelry cleaner is suitable for all types of jewelry except pearls. It is utilised by placing the concentrate in the lower vessel and inverting to activate the cleaning process. It comes with concentrate and plastic tweezers.

Ultronics Hourglass Jewelry Cleaner

Basic Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaning Machines

Clean dirt, dust and grime from your jewelry, watches, glasses, dentures, combs and discs, and make them sparkle with any of these basic, powerful, professional and home use, Optima, New Digital, Samuel Jewelers, and Haier ultrasonic jewelry cleaners, using just plain water.

The millions of microscopic cleaning bubbles just lift the grime away.

Medelco Jewelry Cleaning Machines

The Medelco SJ4 110V sonic jewelry cleaner is the most cost-effective of the machines highlighted. Even pearls can be cleaned with this machine.

The MD7 ultrasonic jewelry cleaner can also be used for dentures and eye glasses.

Both come with cleaner concentrate.

Medelco Jewelry Cleaning Machines

Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaning Machines - $60 to $100

Medium-Priced Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaning Machines

Ultrasonic cleaners are ideal for articles that are complicated in shape. These ultrasonic cleaners are easy to use and ideal for cleaning: airbrush parts, model motor engines and parts, jewelry, watch parts, dentures, glasses, coins etc. With those that heat water it is suggested that hot water is added so that less time is used heating the water.

The process of ultrasonic cleaning in a liquid is the action of ultrasonic waves generating micro vacuole bubbles which repeatedly expand and contract. Once these bubbles burst, the action will gradually and gently remove the contamination or dirt that is adhered to the surface of the article. The cleaning efficiency is improved with the addition of a cleaning liquid due to its dissolving and permeating properties.

Sonic Jewelry Cleaning Machines

Ensure stones are secure in their settings before using them in a sonic cleaner. Do not soak glued stones for extended periods of time. Do not place pearls and opals in any sonic machine. Glued costume jewelry and cloisonne jewelry should be dipped into the sonic cleaner and then cleaned manually.

Sonic Jewelry Cleaning Machines

Sonic jewelry cleaners use a vibrating motor to stimulate the cleaning process.

Jewelry Steam Cleaner Machine

Steam Jewelry Cleaner Machines

Professional jewelers have been using steam cleaning for years to produce sparkling cleanliness in jewelry.

The Jewel Jet steam jewelry cleaner uses powerful bursts of steam to blast away dirt and grime from your jewelry.

The UltraSteam is a dual-purpose steam and ultrasonic jewelry cleaning machine.

The professional Reliable i700A and Grobet jewelry steam cleaners give a quick, efficient method for cleaning jewelry.

Steam cleaning, generally, is the best form of jewelry cleaning, allowing a wider range of jewelry items to be cleaned, including those softer jewels that are not recommended to be cleaned by other methods.

SRA Digital Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner Machines

With between 0.6 liter and 6.5 liter capacities, these SRA digital ultrasonic jewelry cleaning machines have 180 to 360 second digital timers.

They have 1, 2 or 3 industrial transducers.

They come with free parts basket and cover.

They are claimed to be the best in each of their class.

SRA Digital Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner Machines

Gemoro Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner Machines under $300

Gemoro produce a full range of ultrasonic jewelry cleaning machines with capacities of .75 pt upwards.

Those shown here are suitable for personal use or for use in retail jewelers.

As you know, ultrasonic cleaning relies on the production of minute bubbles by cavitation, which penetrate into those hard to get at crevices where grease, grime, dirt and particulates accumulate.

The transducers in these machines are designed for medium use rather than heavy duty use.

Gemoro Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner Machines over $300

Following on from the domestic and retail jeweler machines come two Gemoro jewelry cleaning machines best suited for jewelry sales and repair shops.

They come in 2 quart and 3 quart variants.

The final two Gemoro machines are large capacity professional machines designed for jewelry repair or sales shops with large jewelry cleaning requirements.

They come in 21 quart and 32 quart variants.

All four Gemoro machines shown here come with 10 year warranties on their transducers.

For those items that do not have an Amazon product picture associated with them just click on the picture of another to go to Amazon to browse for the item you require.

The items above are very good examples in each of the categories. There are, however, many more options available on Amazon and you can access them simply by clicking on any of the pictures above.

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      trevzooms 6 years ago from Honest within myself

      Hi, wow, great hub, always wondered where to buy, after hearing about them elsewhere, thank you.