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Vintage Jewelry

Antique Vintage Jewelry Restoration Services

Great Vintage Jewelry 
Restoration, Conversion, & Repair Services
for Antique & Vintage Jewelry



This page shows jewelry I have restored for collectors.
Click on a photo, then click on the Thumbnails to see what the jewelry
looked like before it was restored !

If you have jewelry that needs cleaning, restored, or repaired,
please send and email with photos of the jewelry to:


     greatvintagejewelry@gmail.com 

 

          Some Services I Offer :

Sterling and Copper Metal Cleaning and Restoration
Clip to Pierced / Pierced to Clip - Earring Conversions
Brooch pin back replacement
Bracelet Safety Chains

Necklace Extension Chains
Enamel Restoration
Rhinestone Replacement
Professional Cleaning

Necklace Restringing

~ Prices are very reasonable ! ~
 

Boucher Fantasy Bird Brooch Vintage 1940s Jewelry

This 1940s exotic bird brooch was made by Boucher in the 1940s. This very large pot metal bird was made in many different color schemes. If you view the additional photos you can see the restoration of the bird from start to finish.

Please note that the color scheme was not intended to be a replica of any Boucher bird that was ever made. The use of color is my artistic impression of how I think this bird looks best !  

Copper Jewelry Restoration

So many of us want to wear vintage copper jewelry, but no one wants to wear copper that is dirty or in poor condition !

By a safe and effective machine process developed by me, I can bring your antique and vintage copper jewelry back to life. I can safely remove part or all of the black grime, depending upon your preference, and remove all of the small scratches.

Old copper does not look good when worn dirty. It also does the copper great harm leaving it in this condition because the dull and drab look is a result of damage from oxidation and pollutants. If left in this condition, the copper will at some point become impossible to clean and restore.

The process I have developed does not use any cleaners or chemicals what so ever. It is an automated machine process that takes about 1 hour per piece of jewelry and is completely safe and accurate. It is also very inexpensive.

There are many different factors that determine the cost and each item I must assess in person. Most restoration for copper jewelry costs about $ 10 to $ 30 per item, or per pair of earrings. I cannot restore copper that has set stones, crystals, or glass cabs.

If you dont want the copper to look brand new, no problem. The degree of cleaning can be adjusted to leave a certain amount of oxidation.

Look at the photo above of the vintage copper bracelet. The copper is clean and polished and the metal is restored, but there is still dark oxidation in the recessed areas, which retains the vintage look.

So, What is Patina ?Lets set the record straight ! There are tons of people selling jewelry online who say " the metal retains its original patina." This is a misleading, incorrect statement commonly used by novices. The black or green dull sticky residue on old copper jewelry is NOT patina. It is grime and gunk. Oxidized copper is mainly a result of  moisture and pollutants in the air.... and the list of pollutants is very long.

Here are a few examples : Perfume, hair spray, household cleaners, aerosols, fumes from cooking oils, chlorine mist in the air when taking a shower, smoke, acid rain in the air, pollen, oxygen, and even pet dander.

Have you ever polished an antique copper pot, or antique copper kettle ? You can polish and polish and no matter how long you polish, the copper will have a satin look. This is because the metal has been well cared for and polished time and time again. When you polish, the swirling motion creates a very fine granular texture on the surface of the metal. This is Patina. If you buy a brand new copper item, it will have a mirror finish and no patina! It will not get a patina unless it is polished over and over.

This is why some antique and vintage copper jewelry can look new when cleaned and regain it's mirror like new finish : because it was not polished over and over and does not have a patina. When the black oxidation is removed the metal can be revived and once again, look like new.

Now, I will say this ! Most women treat jewelry horribly! Unintentionally mostly, because they dont know what proper care is.

When it comes to copper jewelry, NEVER use and cleaners or chemical polishing compounds! Only use a jewelers gold polishing cloth, which you can buy right at Walmart in the jewelry section. While you are at Walmart, go to the craft section and buy some of the small ziploc bags. Put each copper jewelry item in a seperate baggie, squeeze out the air, and then store it in your jewelry box. Now your copper will stay clean and look clean everytime you take it out to wear ! 
 


This highly collectible and very valuable KJL Rams Head Bangle Bracelet was rendered unwearable as the tongue that inserts into the hidden clasp receptable was broken off.

By manufacturing a metal tongue, adhered at just the right length with several layers of clear epoxy resin, this bracelet can be worn for a long time to come. Two msssing rhinestones on the bangle were also replaced.


Lady Face Pin African Queen Pot Metal Brooch 1940s Vintage Jewelry

This ethnic lady face pin is a large and heavy piece that dates from the early 1940s. I call this piece The African Queen, and she is a very rare find. This is a profile face brooch that looks different from different angles.

Im currently still researching this lady as she is not signed, and I have not yet been able to determine the jewelry designer who made her. My best estimation is that she was made by either Mazer, Renaid or Reja. I dont know exactly how rare this piece is, but I cannot find anything remotely similar for sale anywhere on the internet.

The African Queen is made of heavy pot metal with thick silver rhodium plating. Her face is flashed with a thin, light gold hue.( It is not paint, it is a gold metal flashing.) Her collar and her hair is adorned with rows of rhinestone chatons and her hair is painted in black and deep metallic red enamel. She has green rhinestone eyes and red painted lips.

The brooch is 3 1/4" tall x 2 1/4" wide and weighs a hefty 50 grams. The entire piece is in excellent condition for age. The rhinestones are all original, present and sparkling. The brooch is free of blemishes, dings or other imperfections. The enamels are in perfect shape and have been professionally restored by me. The back has the original fine working safety clasp.

You can expect some light signs of handling here and there, but overall, this African Queen is a rare great old beauty !


When this WWII Pearl Harbor Pot Metal Brooch came to me, it had no enamel left where the water is supposed to be. The second photo was taken from a vintage jewelry book, showing how the enamel looked when the brooch was made. The original blue and white enamels were air brushed and the restored version is hand painted.
 

Trifari Pot Metal Yellow Flower Pin Vintage 1940s

This 1940s Trifari pot metal flower pin had been touched up in 2 spots with bright yellow paint. The hue was way off, and restoring this piece was very challenging because the small areas of the old paint not only had to be removed.

Matching the new color yellow was also difficult because to get the exact shade, I had to mix batches of yellow over and over to get it right, and the paint dries darker. I had to paint the brooch 3 times before the color match was perfect.

Around 1995, a man in Virginia who is a metal detector treasure hunter found this antique sterling silver heart pendant on an old home site. After 20 years, he found me online and asked to have the pendant restored so he could give it to his girl friend.

He said that based on the research he had done on the old home site, and based on my assessment of age, we both agreed the pendant was from the mid 1800's. He described the poor condition as the pendant was crushed and the edges had separated.

When the pendant came to me, I was rather shocked because the pendant was only about the size of dime. It could not be put in a vice and all the tooling and soldering had to be done while carefully holding it with two fingers.

It was meticulous and intricate work but when the man got the locket back, he told me I didn't charge him enough and he had decided to keep it and not give it away! He was thrilled with the results and was now more attached to it than ever.


Sterling Silver Restoration & The Definition of Patina

Which Antique Sterling Belt Buckle do YOU want to wear?!

Personally, I would not be caught dead wearing dirty sterling silver jewelry! There is nothing more depressing than dirty, drab, antique and vintage sterling silver jewelry! This is not how the jewelry looked new!

By a safe and effective machine process developed by me, I can bring your antique and vintage sterling silver jewelry back to life. I can safely remove part or all of the black grime and remove small scratches and swirl marks.

Old sterling does not look good when worn dirty. It also does the sterling great harm leaving it in this condition because the dull and drab look is a result of damage from oxidation and pollutants. If left in this condition, the sterling will at some point become impossible to clean and restore.

The process I have developed does not use any cleaners or chemicals what so ever. It is an automated machine process that takes about 1 hour per piece of jewelry and is completely safe and accurate. It is also very inexpensive.

There are many different factors that determine the cost and each item I must assess in person. Most restoration for sterling jewelry costs about $ 20 to $ 30 per item, or per pair of earrings. I cannot restore sterling that has set stones, crystals, or glass cabs.

If you dont want the sterling to look brand new, no problem. The degree of cleaning can be adjusted to leave a certain amount of oxidation.

Look at the photo above of the antique sterling silver belt buckle. The sterling is clean and polished and the metal is restored, but there is still dark oxidation in the recessed areas, which retains the antique look.

So, What is Patina ? Lets set the record straight ! There are tons of people selling jewelry online who say " the metal retains its original patina." This is a misleading, incorrect statement commonly used by novices.

The black or dull sticky residue on old sterling jewelry is NOT patina. It is grime and gunk. Old black silver is mainly a result of oxidation and pollutants in the air.... and the list of pollutants is very long.

Here are a few examples : Perfume, hair spray, household cleaners, aerosols, fumes from cooking oils, chlorine mist in the air when taking a shower, smoke, acid rain in the air, pollen, oxygen, and even pet dander.

Have you ever polished an antique sterling silver coffee pot, or antique sterling silver flat ware ? You can polish and polish and no matter how long you polish, the sterling will have a satin look. This is because the metal has been well cared for and polished time and time again. When you polish, the swirling motion creates a very fine granular texture on the surface of the metal. This is Patina. If you buy a brand new sterling coffee pot or brand new sterling silver flatware, it will have a mirror finish and no patina! It will not get a patina unless it is polished over and over.

This is why some antique and vintage sterling silver jewelry can look new when cleaned and regain it's mirror like new finish : because it was not polished over and over and does not have a patina. When the black oxidation is removed the metal can be revived and once again, look like new.

Now, I will say this ! Most women treat jewelry horribly! Unintentionally mostly,
because they dont know what proper care is.

When it comes to sterling silver, NEVER use and cleaners or chemical polishing compounds! Only use a jewelers silver polishing cloth, which you can buy right at Walmart in the jewelry section. While you are at Walmart, go to the craft section and buy some of the small ziploc bags. Put each sterling jewelry item in a seperate baggie, squeeze out the air, and then store it in your jewelry box. Now your sterling will stay clean and look clean everytime you take it out to wear !

Click on the thumbnails above to see more examples of restored antique and vintage sterling silver jewelry.