By Danielle Olivia Tefft, Jewelry Writer
Dear Readers: You might have noticed I’ve been missing in action these past two months. No, I didn’t go into hibernation, although I’d be tempted if I knew how due to this horrible Northeastern winter we’re having. Thankfully, our gracious guest post writer, Romain Grand filled in. I am very grateful for his efforts!
I’ve actually been migrating all of my files and photos to a new laptop. My poor old desktop finally had to be retired. I have had my jewelry business, Treasure Box Antiques, online since 2008. You can imagine the photos I’ve amassed since then. I've reluctantly culled my hoard but I still have folder after folder of photos left that I couldn’t bear to part with!
Some of my very favorite photos are of the costume jewelry rings I have come across in those seven years. (Where did the time go?) Below is a sample of some of those fabulous treasures. I hope you enjoy them. (Don't miss the care tips for your vintage rings at the end of the post!)
Care Tips for Your Vintage Costume Rings:
1. Use care in cleaning your vintage rings. If the stones are prong set, you can get away with a soak in mild dish soap and warm water. However, if the stones are glued in, you should only dab them clean with a cotton swab dipped in warm, soapy water.
2. If the ring has imitation (faux) pearls, you must use even more caution. After fifty plus years or so, the coatings often become so brittle that even gentle rubbing with a cotton swab could damage them. The best thing to do is to try to test an area on the underside first. If even gentle swabbing disturbs the coating, try removing any dust by gently blowing on the ring or using a computer keyboard vacuum.
3. Mild base metal corrosion (green verdigris or even rust) can usually be cleaned up by dabbing the affected area with ketchup. Let the ketchup sit on the corroded area for about fifteen minutes. Then, dab it off with a damp cotton swab. Make sure you completely remove the ketchup. If you see good results but have missed a few areas, repeat the process. If the underlying metal seems to have become weakened, do not repeat. Never leave the ketchup on your vintage rings for a long period of time. Never let it seep into the cracks and crevices of the ring or onto stones.
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Danielle Olivia Tefft is a professional writer with a lifelong passion for gems, jewelry and fashion. She is a GIA accredited jewelry professional and the owner of online antique and vintage jewelry shop, Treasure Box Antiques. Current projects include ghostwriting jewelry and fashion blogs for clients worldwide. When she is not writing, she spends time in the garden, spoiling her cats and traveling with her significant other. Would you like to hire her? Visit her website danielleoliviatefftwrites.com for clips, terms and more information.
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