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silversmiths...help me!
« on: June 03, 2013, 09:27:30 AM »
I have this wonderful vintage pendant I want to upscale with a new cord/bead/chain.  the silver on it looks dull, and I'm not sure how to clean it up.  I have no idea what kind of silver it is, or even what the stone is, all I know is I love it.  Does anyone have any guesses or tips? 2 of the photos are with flash, and 2 without.
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Debbi




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Re: silversmiths...help me!
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2013, 02:43:20 PM »
Can you send me the pictures as an attachment to an email?  Then I can enlarge them and get a better look.  Second -- call and we can discuss directly.  Offer -- if necessary, send it to me and I will analyze the stone/metal and get it back to you with recommendations.

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Re: silversmiths...help me!
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2013, 12:19:04 AM »
If it is sterling, it should be marked, even if it is vintage.  I polish my old pieces with a jewelry cloth.

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« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2013, 07:56:10 PM »
It's hard to tell from the picture but the stone looks like it could be abalone shell or some other stone that you want to be gentle with.  I recommend the following.  Place a piece of aluminum foil in a glass bowl, cover with baking soda, place the piece in the bowl and cover with very hot water.  Let sit for a few minutes.  Take the piece out of the bowl and use a very soft toothbrush or a rough cloth to clean the silver.  The tarnish should come of easily.  Rinse well with cool water and let it dry.

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Re: silversmiths...help me!
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2013, 01:38:15 AM »
I use the technique described by Sandy all the time, however, I do NOT use this technique on anything that has an unidentified stone in it.  This method can destroy and/or damage many types of stones.  Just be careful.  I think if it were mine and it is a piece that I loved, I would take John up on his offer and let him analyze it and make recommendations.  After all he is an expert.

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Re: silversmiths...help me!
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2013, 11:36:18 AM »
The baking soda and aluminum foil is generally safe, however, you can just use "Dawn" with a very soft toothbrush in warm water.  That will usually remove most dirt, etc.  Your closeup pictures show some porosity in the metal, making me believe that it was cast, and it may not actually be silver.  Again, if you want, I will be happy to analyze the piece.  This offer is gratis as you a a member here.

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Re: silversmiths...help me!
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2013, 03:44:27 PM »
thanks John, I did send you an email with the pictures.  I think I'm just going to "carefully" clean it then string it.  after all, it is vintage so I don't want it to look "too new".
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Re: silversmiths...help me!
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2013, 07:22:36 PM »
I used the suggestion of lightly cleaning it with a soft tooth brush and it came out well.  I strung it on a simple cord necklace and have listed it in my Craft Star vintage store.  What do you think?

https://www.thecraftstar.com/product_details/77713/vintage-yellow-abalone-shell-pendant/

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Re: silversmiths...help me!
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2013, 08:23:23 PM »
It did turn out well and I love the look of it.

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« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2013, 04:25:42 AM »
Wow, beautimus...Debbi :D

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Re: silversmiths...help me!
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2013, 08:32:19 PM »
very well done!  Better picture too.

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Re: silversmiths...help me!
« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2013, 09:18:50 AM »
It looks great!


It does look great! I've use that cleaning method many times, but I did learn the hard way about ruining certain stones!