When taking care of your Vintage Native American craftsmen jewelry, there is “personality” to be considered. An old pawn Navajo bracelet with extensive stamp work will, generally, be covered in age aging. This is the staining sterling tackles merely by being subjected to the ambience. The even more the item is used, the larger the aging, as skin oils include in this discoloration. The dimming of the sterling includes in the stamp work’s “depth” therefore the bracelet’s style will certainly “pop”; the aging naturally gets abraded by garments that comes in contact with the elevated sides of the stamp layout, leaving the recesses of the marking darker, improving their meaning. Acquiring a warm age patina on in-depth stamp job takes several years, yet the process can be increased if the piece is worn regularly.
I was lately in negotiations to obtain a Navajo handcrafted pendant. The vendor believed they would do me a support and brighten it to within an inch of it’s life. The sale failed, as the pendant showed up to have simply come from the craftsmen’s shop-it not had the individuality of an older work.
When considering one more purchase of an old pawn Navajo Pendant, the seller stated his intention to “dip” the piece in liquid sterling cleaner, so it would look “nice” for me when I took shipment. Had he done so, not just would the hard-won patina have actually been removed, yet the magnificent # 8 mine rock would certainly have been harmed with little to no hope of fixing.
Sterling is vibrantly shiny when brightened, and I remember my mother on a regular basis throwing her rings right into a glass of fluid sterling polish. They would certainly emerge resembling they had just been acquired. This is a preference point; some like shiny, some like individuality.