WickedMagpie's Shop Announcement

Vintage jewelry from antique bakelite to tribal and ethnic styles, with kitsch thrown in for good taste. I combine shipping, and hope that you'll enjoy browsing my store. Thanks!

Tips for caring for your jewelry;

1. Put your jewelry on last! If you wear make up and perfume, your jewelry should go on last, and perfumes and sunscreens should not be used where your jewelry touches your skin. I've seen irreversible damage done to all types of jewelry from exposure to perfumes, make up and lotions, and the damage to organics such as amber, pearls, ivory, bone and wood is particularly bad!

2. Have a dedicated space for each piece of jewelry. A jewelry box is protection for your jewelry. Leaving pieces in the bathroom exposed to the change in humidity is a bad idea. That can cause problems with the finish of any type of jewelry. A box or standing cupboard allows pieces to be separated, keeping them from tangling and rubbing against each other. I've purchased jewelry lots and when I opened them, there is usually one tangled clump of chains! It's a shame to lose jewelry over something that could have easily been prevented. And any fine chains should be hung rather than laid into a spot in a jewelry box. They can get terribly tangled that way.

3. Examine your jewelry for problems before you wear it. Just give your jewelry a quick once over to see that the rings are closed perfectly so you don't lose them. If you see that something looks wrong, you can take it to a jeweler to have it checked. Most jewelers are fine with looking at costume jewelry as well. And some costume jewelry is more valuable than precious metal jewelry, so be careful!

4. If you don't like tarnish on your sterling, store the pieces in anti tarnish bags. Every time you polish sterling, you are wearing some of the surface away. Most polishes sold in grocery stores or drug stores are abrasive and not ideal as they leave a residue behind. A polishing cloth can take care of most light tarnish, and if you end up with a piece that is heavily tarnished that you would like to have cleaned, it would be a good idea to take it to a jeweler if you feel unsure about cleaning it. Some sterling has been darkened with liver of sulphur and if cleaned with traditional methods, will lose the darkened areas. That would be a piece to take to a jeweler for cleaning. You can use ketchup to clean heavily tarnished sterling - the acid in ketchup dissolves the patina. Toothpaste works well for bone, and ivory. Simichrome metal polish works wonders on shining up plastics like bakelite and lucite. I also use it on resin pieces.

I will add more as time goes by and hopefully this will help you to keep your jewels perfect for years to come. If you have a specific question, please don't hesitate to ask! I'll do my best to get you an answer.

For oddities and other supplies, visit the Mr. Venus Oddity Shop.

This shop accepts Etsy Gift Cards.