A few people have asked me how I test silver content and so I will share what I do. I want to start with a few caveats.
First, you can harm a piece of silver with testing. You are going to use a strong acid! So practice first and be sure you really want or need to know the approximate silver content.
Second, I WELCOME CORRECTIONS and additions. I am just a curious amateur. Most silver testing instructions recommend scratching or filing a piece which I…Continue
I wanted to share a few tips for removing old silver paste polish, which appears as a white dried-on residue. Here is an example from my Burmese Shan cuff.
This white residue is often rock-hard and quite impenetrable even to a good soaking and brushing. To remove it, you need a little chemistry. The white color here is calcium carbonate, an ingredient of…Continue
Marjorie Ransom writes that the vast majority of available Yemeni jewelry was made in the 20th century, and that the prominent styles of Bedihi and Bawsani did not develop until early in the 20th century. She says that she will have the 19th century pieces in her next book which focuses on the silversmiths that made the jewelry. She also at once point writes that much 19th century silver in Yemen was a 50/50 silver/metal mix.
I found a museum exhibit which has 18th and 19th…Continue
Here are links to a couple of interesting interviews related to the amber market, that I came across when trawling the web.
I have a question about a pair of bracelets I bought . I have seen a picture on the web of these and I own a pair but can not find any info . P1180047.JPG
Recently I have seen two of these buckles - one on eBay, and one at a live auction. These are pictures taken from eBay.
Arguments in favor of eastern attribution: the combination of filigree and stones, the glass stones are set using a technique that appears in some Balkan work, and this particular buckle is described as not testing for high grade silver which puts me in mind of Ottoman ~40% silver.
In favor of western attribution: the stones have a table…Continue
I stumbled across a 2014 lecture by Marjorie Ransom at the US Library of Congress.
I brought these back from a recent trip to Central Asia, thinking I would be able to figure out their origins once I returned. Nowhere, simply nowhere, can I find anything remotely like these pieces. I have seen photos of generically 'Afghan' or 'Kuchi' jewelry; however, as beautiful as they are, they do not have the same attention to detail as these do, which makes me question their origin even more.
Any thoughts, ideas, discussions would be greatly…Continue
Currently there are two loubane "amber" necklaces up for auction on eBay - see items no.111471211129 and 111471215504 by the same seller. I understand loubane to be a translation of the english gum arabic, which is derived from the resin of two variants of acacia tree, and which has many and varied uses in industry and as a constituent in comestibles.
Is anyone able to tell me if the description loubane is ever applied to any other resin or even types of plastic or phenolic…Continue
There is a very nice one on ebay.de, with a Star of David. Missing a stone and setting which could be replaced by a good silversmith. 161544201387
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Every three or four months I inspect each piece of my collection for corrosion or verdigris. I think that is a very good idea for anybody with an extensive collection that they cannot keep in touch with on a daily basis. This time, I discovered some verdigris on a couple of my older pieces which had been stored in the same package, this told me that I had stored them wrong, not allowing enough airflow to get to them and that I had not allowed them to dry after I had cleaned them the last…Continue
This bracelet recently appeared on eBay. The casting is near-identical to the beautiful Benares enameled bracelets from India with the pink lotus flowers, but the enameling is quite different. Does anyone know what this is?…Continue
I wanted to share a method I have found for cleaning Ottoman low silver, that is silver which is 30-40% real silver content. Many Ottoman jewels were made entirely or partially in this lower silver content. For example, the buckle I will share has the filigree top in high silver, and the frame and chain/pin closure in the low silver. However unlike a lot of supposed low silver which is not silver at all but nickel or tin, the Ottoman low silver pieces will have 30-40% silver content and…Continue
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I believe that recently one of our members asked where he may find some Moroccan crosses -- lo and behold a current ebay auction displaying many different shapes and sizes.
i find central asian jewelries r the most pretty!…Continue
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