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Help! I have ruined my Perogatives bracelet

Started 1277740380.813 in Jewelry Talk | Last reply 1278080733.463 by LipstickDiva

Several of my beads looked tarnished, so I put the beads into my silver jewelry cleaner. This is the one I always use on my sterling. The finish is totally off of the beads. I have had my bracelet since Christmas. I bought some of the beads here, some on ebay and some in a local store. 6 are riuned. Do any of you knowledgable ladies know of a way to get the finish back? I am so upset. I have a lot of money in these beads.

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BE Baby1277740558.713376 PostsRegistered 9/21/2007Hanover, MD

I was told by the people in the pandora store that once you do that the beads are ruined. They told me never to use jewelery cleaner or put them in an ultrasonic cleaner. They told me just to use a jewelery cloth to polish them up. I'm sorry to hear about your beads :(

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sparklestar1277741004.77710718 PostsRegistered 1/6/2008

I have Pandoras collection. If your's is truly sterling silver then you should be able to use the polish, but anything like enamel or pearls or gems require special care. What does your instructions say? There should be information about cleaning.

kcubed1277741145.531439 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

There were no directions. I would never, ever have used this stuff if I had known that this would happen.

esmeraldag­ooch1277743401.98712306 PostsRegistered 1/7/2008Adopt a Rescue Pet, who rescues who?

Did you do a two to five second dip? If the item was left for minutes even silver will be harmed. Mystery metal should not be dipped in silver cleaner.

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Qgirl1277743921.0574167 PostsRegistered 4/20/2005

What kind of silver cleaner was it? I used one once and it smelled very strongly of sulfer. I know this kind will take the protective polish off of anything. I use Caribbean Gem cleaner on my Chamellia bracelet and have never had a problem.

kcubed1277744330.521439 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I usually get the towelettes from Walmart (in the red canister.) They were out of the towels, so I got the liquid. It did smell very strong. I may have them in a minute. That must have been too long. I guess my main question is if there is something a jewelry store can do to add a finish on?????? The jewelry store where I purchased many of the beads is cloesed on Mondays. I am just so mad at myself that I did this. It wasn't tarnished very much. Why couldn't I have left well enough alone?

fluffy21277747936.4634464 PostsRegistered 8/29/2009SPB.RUS >>>Beautiful So.California

If you removed the oxidation you can try to restore it by using eggs. It worked for me.

http://www.home-jewelry-business-success-tips.com/oxidize-sterling-silver.html

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esmeraldag­ooch1277748404.1812306 PostsRegistered 1/7/2008Adopt a Rescue Pet, who rescues who?

Find a jeweler who does work in house. He may be able to buff your beads on his polishing wheel. Be sure to bring the chain as they are too small to hold onto . He should be able to tell you if your beads are ruined or not.

Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase.
Martin Luther King Jr.

kcubed1277751509.4631439 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Thanks for the link Fluffy. The beads are in a baggie with a boiled egg now. I hope it works!

violann1277814804.25312924 PostsRegistered 12/12/2004

WHAT a terrific idea about the hard boiled egg. The dip that smells like sulfur really isn't safe for anything except flat, plain, highly polished silver. I bought it once and never again!

The company that makes the red canister wipes also makes a white polishing cloth that remove tarnish. They are also available at KMart and I see them around at other chain stores too. They require a slight amount of elbow grease, but are really very efficient and much safer for nice silver jewelry.

I think at least the silver on your bracelet will come back- silver foils or colored finishes, maybe not.




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Maliha1277816637.60384 PostsRegistered 3/25/2009

I'm sorry to here about your beads katkins, but I did the exact same thing with my Pandora beads a year ago...I felt so stupid (and why did I not listen to the pandora sales person!? lol)...I dipped my whole bracelet into the jewelry cleaner and my beads turned like a bright bright silver (totally took off all the oxidation)...and I wanted to scream! :( I was so disappointed. I hope the boiled egg solution worked for you! (I never knew about it, so thank you fluffy2 for posting the link!)

Take care everyone!

depglass1277820023.224293 PostsRegistered 11/14/2006

Stay away from Tarnex. I used their various kinds (brass, copper, silver) on cleaning up some items from my mother's estate. Its way too strong.

Crazy for ­QVC1277823107.1238652 PostsRegistered 11/3/2007

NEVER, NEVER NEVER put oxidized jewelry into a liquid jewelry cleaner...I only use a polishing cloth and a Sunshine cloth on any oxidized piece...

Cardamom1277832083.7936943 PostsRegistered 6/24/2006
On 6/28/2010 fluffy2 said:

If you removed the oxidation you can try to restore it by using eggs. It worked for me.

http://www.home-jewelry-business-success-tips.com/oxidize-sterling-silver.html

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I have done this on a few occations on my Artisan Crafted jewelry. Don't worry. You can fix it.

kcubed1277838592.521439 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 6/29/2010 IheartGoldens said:
On 6/28/2010 fluffy2 said:

If you removed the oxidation you can try to restore it by using eggs. It worked for me.

http://www.home-jewelry-business-success-tips.com/oxidize-sterling-silver.html

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I have done this on a few occations on my Artisan Crafted jewelry. Don't worry. You can fix it.

I don't think I can fix it. I tried the egg solution, but since the finish had already been taken off, the eggs turned the beads black. I am pretty sure they are ruined.

Cardamom1277839022.8676943 PostsRegistered 6/24/2006

I thought that too. My pieces were all discolored and kind of green. Now take a silver polishing cloth and clean it all up (after you have rinsed all the egg off). Don't be afraid. Really get in there with that cloth and buff it all out. It should work if your charms are sterling silver and not some kind of plating. I even did it to a Judith Ripka ring I thought was too bright. Came out perfect.

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fluffy21277850617.974464 PostsRegistered 8/29/2009SPB.RUS >>>Beautiful So.California
On 6/29/2010 IheartGoldens said:

I thought that too. My pieces were all discolored and kind of green. Now take a silver polishing cloth and clean it all up (after you have rinsed all the egg off). Don't be afraid. Really get in there with that cloth and buff it all out. It should work if your charms are sterling silver and not some kind of plating. I even did it to a Judith Ripka ring I thought was too bright. Came out perfect.

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Yes. They are going to be black but the polishing cloth will take care of this. I did it to $$$ Scott Kay pieces and everything came out just fine.

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doxiemom 41277851977.25327472 PostsRegistered 12/30/2008NJ-FL

I am really sorry this happened.....The advice you were given is correct......

I had the same thing happen to a Seiden-Gang necklace......I thought I also ruined it, but I did exactly what has been suggested to you, and it is fine now.

You really need to buff very hard, but it should work......Best of luck........

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kcubed1277857905.0571439 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Thanks so much! I will try it with a polishing cloth tomorrow. Where would I purchase such a cloth?

Marlea Lee1277859798.031024 PostsRegistered 3/10/2010

You can find silver polishing cloths at WalMart, KMart, Target etc. in the jewelry department, katkins.

kcubed1277916447.581439 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Thank you so much Fluffy and all of you wonderful ladies!!!!! It worked! I can't believe it, but using the cloth after the eggs worked. My beads are back to their original state. I called the jewelry store where I purchased some of the beads yesterday morning. The jeweler didn't seem to know what to do. You smart ladies, on the other hand, always come through!!!! Maybe I should call the jeweler and tell her what to do in case this happens to someone else.

fluffy21277941296.7734464 PostsRegistered 8/29/2009SPB.RUS >>>Beautiful So.California

Katkins, you are welcome ! SmileI am glad it worked for your treasures! Congrats!!!

Zaksgrrl1277968710.869844 PostsRegistered 2/2/2008In the sun but willing to go into the dark

What does that tell you about the quality/value of that brand?

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DebbieDD1278002813.1838109 PostsRegistered 10/18/2004
On 7/1/2010 sailorgal said:

What does that tell you about the quality/value of that brand?

Absolutely nothing other than to NOT dip oxidized pieces into silver cleaner and to only use a polishing cloth.

blackkittn1278012987.19126 PostsRegistered 6/14/2006

You can buy antiquing solution that does the same thing to put oxidation back. Here is the link

http://www.firemountaingems.com/details.asp?PN=H203085TL

kittn

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