Refurbishing antique silver

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Galabagos
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Refurbishing antique silver

Postby Galabagos » Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:44 pm

Hi guys,

What are your thoughts on polishing oxidation off from an antique silver ring? Does the same "keep as it is" rule apply with jewelry as with old guns, coins and etc.? I have this supposedly Victorian era sterling skull ring and I'd really like to wear it, but the partly worn off oxidation makes it look bit too harsh for wearing.

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Thanks!

-Galabagos

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Re: Refurbishing antique silver

Postby Joerg » Sun Apr 29, 2018 3:01 pm

Hi, the "keep it as is" rule which is followed on old coins and other antique items does not apply to silver. Silver shall shine. And old silver can carfully be hand polished.
So clean it, make it shine and wear it.
Regards, Jörg

Galabagos
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Re: Refurbishing antique silver

Postby Galabagos » Sun Apr 29, 2018 3:22 pm

Thank you, Jörg for your reply! I'm glad I found this forum, this is very useful and informative.

-Galabagos

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Re: Refurbishing antique silver

Postby silverhammer » Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:36 am

Galabagos,

Use an extremely mild polish first on a cellulose sponge to see if you still like that nice three-dimensional effect. Never use chemical dips!

Jeff Herman


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