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iconnumber posted 02-14-2006 11:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for paperbear64     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

I have a sterling silver and turquoise pendant that I am trying to clean. The front is textured and I haven't been able to figure out how to clean it. I used Hagerty's on the other parts and it looks really good. I tried using a soft cloth on the front also but with the texturing it didn't work. I also tried using q-tips with no success. Does anybody have any good ideas?

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iconnumber posted 02-14-2006 12:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for vathek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Although not a specific reply to your question it seems like a good opportunity to bring this up. Some jewelry has a patina added at the time of manufacture, and although it may look like tarnish it's not. Jensen comes to mind as does Sigi Pineda. This should not be removed!

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iconnumber posted 02-14-2006 12:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You really should not be trying to remove the dark colored areas in the crevices - it is supposed to be there and it gives it a 3-D look that would be lost if you removed it. Also, you need to be careful not to let any cleaners, especially harsh ones, ever get on the turquoise since it will likely discolor the stone. Turquoise is not like a diamond - it is somewhat permeable and it can react to chemicals and turn not so attractive colors.

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iconnumber posted 02-17-2006 10:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daddy-o     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Careful with turquoise cleaning. Turq. is very porous. Native american necklaces that have been worn for years develop a greenish haze from contact with body oils over time. Some turq is harder than others. Often times it's best to leave natural or applied patina where it belongs. Good Luck


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iconnumber posted 02-20-2006 09:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On textured pieces, I just give them a gentle, superficial wipe with a soft cloth. This polishes the high points of the texturing, but leaves the patina in the crevices. You will be disappointed and it'll ruin the look of the piece if you try to clean the patina.

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iconnumber posted 02-20-2006 05:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for IJP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a set of spoons, which I have shown the forum members elsewhere, which have a very distinctive textured surface.

There is actually a seventh one, but it looks to have perhaps been marred in a garbage-disposal incident (An unnecessary fate that I see far too often with silver flatware), with several deep gouges along the handle. I took this spoon to a silversmith friend of mine, to see about having it restored, but he expressed to me that although he could repair the gouges, restoring the textured finish would be difficult if not impractical. I have not looked into its repair since.

Nonetheless, I think these spoons are great, and as pictured above, they are not polished. Any existing tarnish does not depreciate their appearance, and if you ask me, the patina is in fact enhanced. I will never polish these spooons.

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iconnumber posted 02-21-2006 11:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FWG     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Those are Russian, of course, and it's possible that the engraving was orignally filled with niello, a hard, fired-on black decoration. Or it may have been bright-cut -- I've seen both done on Russian spoons. But the textured surface of the metal itself is a different story; it's like very very fine stippling. This is not uncommon on Russian pieces, and I've seen some from elsewhere as well. No idea how it was produced, though....

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