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iconnumber posted 04-05-2000 12:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ages     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would like to display some of my sterling silver Christmas ornaments through out the year. However, I do not want to have to polish them all the time. Can you recommend the best way to display them? I do not want to do anything to reduce the value of each ornament.

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Annette G.E. Smith
P.O. Box 32701
Juneau, AK 99803-2701

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iconnumber posted 04-05-2000 09:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The only way to display silver of any sort without tarnish is to lacquer them. Now, for something small like an ornament, you might be able to lacquer them yourself. I can't give you any technical help, unfortunately, but it seems to me that this is your only longterm solution. Lacquering avoids polishing, and polishing is what wears the silver and hurts the surface.

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iconnumber posted 04-05-2000 10:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is an alternative to lacquering or polishing you might try.

Depending on where you live (and the time of year) there is more or less sulfur in the air and it is sulfur that creates tarnish on silver. Most silver will retain its shine if the sulfur is regularity washed off with ordinary soap and water. It is important to set a schedule such that the silver is washed before the sulfur (tarnish) starts to set in. We find that (depending on the time of year) every 7-10 days seems to work for our silver. If you wait to wash until you notice some tarnish, you will only delay the eventual need to polish.

Another alternative to lacquering you could try is a micro crystalline wax polish such as RENAISSANCE. This very fine wax drys clear and will keep the sulfur in the air from reaching the silver.

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iconnumber posted 04-10-2000 12:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ages     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for your replies to my question. I ran out and checked at all our jewelry stores here for Renaissance, and no one has heard of it. Could you tell me where I might find it, and approxiamtely how much the cost would be?

Also, what about Pacific Cloth? Would it make a difference in the speed of tarnish appearing if used as a backing in frames?

Thanks....I do appreciate your time in responding to my questions.

Annette

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iconnumber posted 04-10-2000 01:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Renaissance Wax should between $15-$20.

Renaissance Wax

The Manufacturer:
Picreator Enterprises Ltd
44 Park View Gardens
London NW42PN
Phone: 020 8202 8972

UK Dealer:
Conservation By Design
Timecare Works
5 Singer Way
Woburn Road Industrial Estate'
Kempston
Bedford
MK42 7AW
Phone: (01234) 853555
Fax: (01234) 852334


USA Distributer/Dealers:
Cutlery Specialties
22 Morris Ln.
Great Neck, NY 11024
Phone: (516) 829-5899
Fax: (516) 773-8076

The Gemmary
P.O. Box 2560
Fallbrook, CA 92088
Phone: (760) 728-3321
Fax: (760) 728-3322

Highland Hardware
Attn: Mail Order Department
1045 N. Highland Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Phone: (800) 241-6748
Fax (404) 876-1941

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iconnumber posted 07-19-2018 05:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has anyone used ProtectaClear

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