Posted 11 months ago
This is a beautiful 1.75" swordfish pin/pendant I found years ago - it was filthy (like now) but 10 yrs ago I got too cleaner-happy and scrubbed off the black patina as shown in pic #1 near the tail. I wanted to ***!@?! myself when I realized what I'd done. Disgusted - threw it in a box and years later most the black has returned but will never be the same. I guess I'm just gonna have to wear it.
The mark is R sterling Mexico - and yes it is missing the pin - when I found it that was gone. On the back side are signs of recent green oxidation which I haven't done anything about. I will probably use a small wire brush or a pin to scrape away the oxidation. The back should be cleaned up without any damage to the piece. And yes - it has a wonderful handmade sterling chain w/individual soldered links.
Any other advice about cleaning sterling? I know most of the "jewelry cleaning solutions" are pretty rough. I won't EVER dip again.