No. The AquaSonic Wave® is proven safe for over 90% of all fine jewelry. There are a few items like pearls, opals and emeralds that are heat sensitive and should be washed by hand. The majority of fine jewelry is professional cleaned using steam, hot water and a cleaning solvent. The dishwasher uses the same elements, only at a lower water pressure and runs for a longer period of time, giving you the same professional results at home.
Is it Safe to Clean Fine Jewelry in a Dishwasher?
The answer of course is yes! Nevertheless, you may have concerns and we will address a number of them on this page. (Scroll down) If you have additional questions, please email us and we will answer your question within 24 hours.
We have not ever received a report of gems falling out, gems getting lost, or any damage to jewelry while using the AquaSonic Wave®. We estimate that the Wave has been used over 30,000,000 times in dishwashers across America without incident. Note: Nevertheless, regular jewelry maintenance is still required and we suggest you continue to visit your jeweler every 6 months for routine inspections.
Yes. Dishwasher soaps were designed to be gentle to prevent scratching on plastics and glass. Gemstones are much more durable. By comparison, professional jewelers use much more powerful detergents and solvents for cleaning fine jewelry in their stores.
Jewelry worn on the hands and wrists rarely gets cleaned; therefore, the bacteria loads on jewelry can reach levels three times higher than a public toilet seat. It is for this very reason that on October 2014, Starbucks instructed their 160,000 employees, that they can no longer wear watches, bracelets, wristbands or rings (except a plan band) while at work.
No. Dirt and bacteria continually builds up under gemstones and small openings in jewelry and are not washed away during hand washing. If you look closely at the jewelry you are wearing today, you will see the dirt building up. Every time your jewelry comes into contact with food, scratches or cuts, you are at risk for spreading high levels of bacteria.
Absolutely. One of the many advantages of using the AquaSonic Wave® is you can conveniently clean your jewelry while cleaning your dishes. This not only saves time, but it conserves energy and water by sharing the cleaning process with your dishes.
No. The AquaSonic Wave’s® stainless steel plates were designed with very small holes to keep food particles out, while at the same time, allowing for maximum water flow.
No, and we realize this is a concern. To prove the durability of the locking bar mechanism, which covers the entire front of the AquaSonic Wave®, we threw the Wave off a 50 foot building. (See demonstration video on this page) In addition, there is an additional snap lock located in the middle of the bar, which snaps in place when the lock is fully engaged. Note: In the unlikely event something should happen, each AquaSonic Wave® is covered with a $1 million loss or damage liability insurance policy.
Every week. We conducted our own study in one of New Hampshire’s largest hospitals. We tested the jewelry of health care workers before and after cleaning their jewelry in the Wave. Our research indicates that bacteria loads on jewelry reached dangerous levels in less than two weeks of normal wear.
No. Dishwashers do an excellent job of washing and rinsing your dishes and glasses thoroughly and the same holds true for your jewelry. Once the anti-bacterial gel mixes with the cleaning soap in your dishwasher, all of the dirt and germs are removed completely. We have tested the bacteria loads on jewelry and dishes after washing and the results always show that all items are sanitized.
Yes. Everyday wear and tear can loosen or damage gemstones; you should always check each piece of jewelry on a regular basis. Every AquaSonic Wave® comes with an 8x magnifying loupe to help you with the inspection in between the routine visits you have with your jeweler.
Yes, a ten year warrantee. The AquaSonic Wave® is designed to give you many years of dependable service. Manufactured with high-grade polymer plastics and surgical grade stainless steel, the AquaSonic Wave® is a solid, hand assembled, precision device designed to work in any dishwasher. If any manufacturing defects are discovered in the first five years, simply return it to us and it will be replace with a new AquaSonic Wave®.
Absolutely! The AquaSonic Wave® is the perfect gift for anyone who wears jewelry. Give the gift of sparkling clean jewelry and the peace of mind knowing that they are no longer spreading harmful bacteria to themselves or their families.
No, however, cleaning your silver jewelry with the AquaSonic Wave will help reduce the causes of the tarnish resulting in longer periods of tarnish free jewelry. The main cause of tarnishing of silver is a trace of hydrogen sulfide gas in the air which darkens the metal. In addition, most silver jewelry contains some copper. When that copper is mixed with silver and then exposed to chemical compounds, like those found in cosmetics, a metallic abrasion occurs causing very small bits of black metal to fall off the silver jewelry.
This corrosion causes the black stains you find on your skin. In addition to chemicals and perfumes, oil and perspiration from your skin can also cause corrosion of the metal. One solution is to clean your silver jewelry with the AquaSonic Wave and let the steam, hot water and soap remove these contaminates from the surface of the metal.
Once the jewelry is clean we recommend removing the tarnish with a high-quality silver paste. Do not use the acidic liquid tarnish removers, as they will eat away at the mental and damage the jewelry.