Posted 1 month ago
I recently found this 1.5" lightly domed pendant/brooch marked MB Taxco Mexico 925 online in the scrubbed state shown in pic. 3. It probably had composite stone originally. Someone scraped and cleaned it thoroughly. It wasn't very expensive so I decided to add it to my collection of 6 round Mexico brooches (2 not shown have composite stone). I decided to dip it in "liver of sulfur" and then buff the high surface back to bright sterling. I was nervous but the result was GREAT! My pictures aren't the best. It looks brand new, except for the back which I'll keep cleaning with q-tip and simichrome polish while I watch TV.
A few tips about using liver of sulfur: Clean your sterling item. Dip it, rinse item with water. Meanwhile, pour fluid back in original container. It's nasty stuff, try not to get it on you or anything else. Because I didn't want to damage the oxidized low areas, my first pass was with simichrome on damp t-shirt rag, lightly rubbing item. Next I used simi on q-tip careful not to damage the oxidize areas. Pay attention to the pin connector - it might not be 925 grade sterling. Be sure you carefully scrape, clean because it would be a big bummer if the pin connector disintegrated after all your work.
Anyway, it was so worth this humble Valitization effort. Thanks for looking.
Note: The 3 graphic pins are inspired by Aztec shields or Chimallas from the Nahuatl tribes (including Aztec and Mixtec) of Mexico.