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jenre's items3 of 20Petrified wood ringTo polish or not to polish- Help! Victorian era sterling necklace
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    Posted 2 years ago

    jenre
    (20 items)

    I didn't mean to take off so much of the patina. I used a cleaning cloth. The inside cloth was treated and the outside cloth was for buffing/polishing. When I thought I was finished, I put it on. Soon after that I washed my hands and when I dried with a cloth towel I realized the towel was turning dark... tarnish was coming off. It could be worse, but it's a little too sparkly for my taste. This ring was said by the seller to be early 1900's trench art. I still love it. I'm wearing it every day, but I regret over polishing it.

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    Comments

    1. antiquerose antiquerose, 2 years ago
      Spoon ring looks like, nice and sparkly - took some of the character away, but it will come back in time.
    2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
      Send it to me & I will hang it out in the salt air for you. No charge ! I have doubts of trench art unless it was looted.
    3. valentino97 valentino97, 2 years ago
      This is NOT trench art. And, yes the patina will come back in time as Rose and BB2 said. Nice pattern spoon. I love it shiny! You could send it to me. :-)
    4. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
      Nice spoon ring! Agree, not trench art, even if it could be a DIY :-)
      I too prefer more contrast on decorated silver...
      My trick to get the patina quickly is to boil had egg for 20 minutes, cut the white in pieces while still warm and put it with your ring in a sealed plastic bag.
      Watch till it tarnish, then a slight buff on it and that's done :-)
      Link to mine in next comment!
    5. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
      Here it is:
      https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/236947-patination-day-for-silver-hard-boiled-e?in=collection-3407
    6. valentino97 valentino97, 2 years ago
      Yes, egg in baggie is natural as Kyra says.
    7. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 2 years ago
      Yep. Follow kyra and vals advice. And let me just add, the longer you have the jewelers cloth, the better it is. I'm not quite sure how that is but it's true. I've had one that's still good, better than a new one for probably over 20 years now. You could always leave it set on a dresser and the patina will come back too but if you want it done now, follow the advice of the 2 pros there! And btw, 1970's. Late 60's to 70's were the above the elbow bracelets and spoon rings like this but the piece of silverware or flatware may be from the Victorian era, not made back then. I love them!
    8. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
      Be sure to use brown free-range eggs. LOL !!
    9. jenre jenre, 2 years ago
      Thank you kyratango, valentino97! I'm learning a lot from you guys. If I try the egg trick I will post the results.

      Why are you guys so sure it's not trench art? The only reason I suggested this was because the seller did. I had never heard of trench art and had to look it up. Could have been a sales pitch I suppose. Doesn't really matter too much since it's unique and I love it, but nice to have or know the story behind it.

      Happy Sunday!

      Features: This is a very nice antique (Victorian late 1800's) heavy ring . Made sterling silver . It's rare Likely of trench art. Men actually wore these as well as women. Make an deal pinky ring. Many of these earlier types were of trench metal arts, made by soldiers who created rings from older flateware. Much of the trench flatware it self PRE-dated the 1908 to 1919 era. Has very impressive smith workmanship in an eye catching ornate detail. It's heavy. Weighs 13.3 grams. It came from our family heirloom's late 1800's jewelry collection.

      I've enjoyed all your comments.
    10. valentino97 valentino97, 2 years ago
      Okay, now you've given us a bit more of what you know about the ring. Personally I haven't run across these solid sterling trench flatware rings. It does have great and unique deep carving on both sides. Good to post what you know first about your item so then we can use that as a starting place when researching. I did not know this technique could also be trench art! Thanks.
    11. jenre jenre, 2 years ago
      Hi valentino97, I take everything an ebay seller says with a grain of salt, but this person does sound legit. Point taken about posting everything I know when I make a post. I think I was just focused on whether or not I was going to get scolded for over polishing an antique! :) -Jenny
    12. jenre jenre, 2 years ago
      shareurpassion, I'm glad you told me about holding onto a cleaning cloth and that it gets better with use. Thanks.
    13. valentino97 valentino97, 2 years ago
      Jenny, if you prefer to shine it - enjoy! If you wore this every day for 2 weeks, it would naturally shine up too. (Don't wear in swimming pool or hot tub!) Some cleaning items like liquid jewelry dips are BAD, but pastes and cloths are gentle ways to buff. I've over-polished before, and some of the patina was lost. That's because a special patina was applied by the artist, or the item was silverplate and cleaning revealed copper colors.
    14. jenre jenre, 2 years ago
      I wish I'd worn it to see how it naturally shined, but what's done is done. Thanks for your comments valentino97.

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