Vintage costume Jewelry Cleaning Tips
Posted on 25 August 2016
Vintage costume jewelry is delicate and should be cleaned with care. The following are helpful tips I have picked up over the years.
- Never submerse foil backed rhinestones or cabochons in water. You can use a soft makeup brush or toothbrush and spritz with Windex for shine.
- If the piece has all unfoiled stones you can dip it in a solution of warm water, 1 tsp. of liquid dish soap and 1 tsp. white vinegar.
- Only use an ultrasonic cleaner if you are trying to remove stones or cabs with old glue.
- Simichrome polish works wonders on Miriam Haskell glass pearls, only for pearls that are not peeling. Add a small amount to a soft cloth and polish the pearls.
- White vinegar will remove verdigris (the green gunk on metal), if possible soak the affected areas, if delicate stones are nearby, use on a q-tip.
- For heavy verdigris use a dental stimudent or cuticle stick to scrape away as much green as you can.
- A gold acrylic paint pen will flawlessly touch up gold tone metal wear, especially tiny metal spacer beads and bead caps.
- Do not store you costume jewelry in plastic bags which can promote moisture.