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Safely Clean Antique Jewelry

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

When you’re looking at different jewelry cleaning solutions, the first thing you should do is read the label carefully. Make sure it doesn’t contain any alcohols or acids, such as ammonia or vinegar. These are strong chemicals that can harm the finish on antique jewelry, as well as any stones or mountings that are in the setting.

Common sense might lead you to think that good old soap and water might be a good choice for cleaning your jewelry, but actually that isn’t true. First of all, it would probably leave a soapy residue on your antique jewelry, and further dull the finish and the clarity of any stones or gems it contains. Even worse, water can dissolve any mounting materials that are used in the piece, such as glues. If that happens, you might lose the stones from the piece, which would indeed be a shame.

If the main problem with your piece of antique jewelry is simply dust, then you can just use a very soft toothbrush to clean deep into its crevices. Use the absolute softest toothbrush that you can find, and make sure that it’s a brand new brush. Old toothbrushes might be fine for cleaning around the kitchen sink, but they definitely won’t do for cleaning jewelry. There might be toothpaste residue in an old toothbrush that scratch and dull the finish on your jewelry piece.

Whatever method you choose to clean your antique jewelry, it’s very important to make sure that it dries very thoroughly after you’re done, and especially before storing it in your jewelry box. The slightest bit of dampness can contribute to rust, pitting on plated metals, verdigris, and other unpleasant consequences.

So that’s basically it – make sure that you use a safe cleaning solution, and treat your piece of antique jewelry very gently by using a very soft toothbrush. If you’re still uncomfortable about doing it on your own, you always have the option of taking it to a professional jeweler, of course. Many jewelry stores will provide this service for free, too. Whatever you do, just make sure that you don’t do anything to modify your antique jewelry. Any significant changes to the original setting can have a drastic effect on its value as a collectible.

Antique Deco Gold Diamond Filigree Engagement Ring Vintage

Friday, January 28th, 2011


Offered for sale is a truly superb Art Deco era ring (circa 1920s to 1930s) crafted beautifully in 18k white gold.

A shimmering old european cut diamond is embedded into a wonderfully elegant filigree mount.

An all original Deco piece (not reproduction) that would make a wonderful addition to your fine antique jewelry collection.

Weight: 3.2 grams

Stones: One approx. .35 carat old european cut diamond is beautifully embedded into the mount. The diamond is estimated at H-I in color and SI1-2 in clarity.

Size & Measurements: The ring is a size 8 1/2 (sizable). UK size Q 1/2 to R. The mount measures 1/4 inch in diameter and the ring rises 1/4 inch from the finger.

Metal & Hallmark: Solid 18k white gold.The ring is hallmarked “18k”

Additional Information: Your item will be securely packaged and presented in a lovely gift box. Should you have any questions about this item please feel free to email or call at 323-369-3329.

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