Hello Bling Lovers, I am so grateful to the Jewel Collect members who took their time and helped me identify the material used in my carved vintage necklace. I know it is bone and not ivory. There are no ivory beads in it. My Mom was misled by the store owners who sold her the necklace. It makes me want to be extremely careful in my descriptions when I sell at Bernies Vintage.
One JC member actually has a very informative article about ivory at her web store. I have asked her for permission to link to the article. If she will allow me to do so, you will be able to shop at a great place.
I am continuing to research and explore how to identify, care for and repair all types of vintage jewelry and vintage silver. Remember, if you do not know how to clean something, stop! Wait, think about your goal. Are you trying to make the item more attractive to a buyer? Buyers sometimes prefer the item wiped down but with the patina remaining. Is the item glued? Do you have rhinestones with foiled backs? Tomorrow I will talk about cleaning vintage flatware. I have some beautiful sterling Gorham Fairfax sterling flatware. I am in the middle of cleaning it. I want to sell it and want it to look good but not dull. Talk to you then. Bernie