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Vintage and antique jewelry pieces, you’ll want to preserve their beauty and value. A few simple steps can help you maintain your vintage costume jewelry.
- Wear vintage jewelry with care: Vintage jewelry is difficult to repair, so wear it with care. Remove your jewelry when using household cleaners and when doing physical activities.
- Store vintage jewelry separately: Store jewelry separately in soft, zipped-up pouches to protect your pieces from the elements and from dust, which is abrasive. The Queen's best tip is to put a piece of chalk in the back with the jewelry, to keep gold and silver tone brilliant for years to come.
- Use a jewelry polishing cloth: Keep it simple. Use a special jewelry polishing cloth to keep jewelry dust-free.
- Remove grime from vintage jewelry: Use a soft cloth and plain rubbing alcohol to remove grime from stones. (We find that plain rubbing alcohol makes rhinestones sparkle with brilliants, you may also use glass cleaner).
- Keep vintage jewelry dry: Never, never, never, place vintage jewelry and antique jewelry directly under running water. Water will sometimes dislodge the paste or glue, as well as get moisture under the Electra-plated metal.
Caring for your cameos:
Cameos, shell cameos in particular, can discolor and crack from drying and aging, and require special care. You can do your part to keep them clean and moisturized.
- Store your cameos: Store cameos in a clean, dry place.
- Clean your cameos: Completely cleanse your cameos once or twice a year. Clean cameos gently with a soft-bristle toothbrush in a mild soap-and-water solution. Rinse the cameo thoroughly with warm water immediately after cleaning. Never soak shell cameos or “soft” stones in any cleaning solution for more than 30 seconds.
- Prevent cameos from drying: Moisturize the cameo with mineral oil or baby oil. Apply the oil with your finger, a cotton swab, or a soft cloth. Let the cameo soak overnight.
Be blessed, be jeweled, be amazing!