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How do I clean vintage jewelry with seed pearls and diamonds?

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  1. whitewave
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    I just bought a vintage brooch with supposedly OEC diamonds and seed pearls. From the pics, the diamonds look filthy. Anyway, I took a chance on this circle brooch, as the price doesn’t seem to match the description but is an amount I can afford to lose. If anything, I thought it might look pretty in the hair with an updo.

    So how do I clean the diamonds without damaging the pearls or their attachment? Thanks. I’m not a pearl person so no idea...
     
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  2. StephanieLynn
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    by StephanieLynn » Aug 17, 2019
    I would suggest a soft tooth brush and some dish soap for the diamonds, certainly no jewelry cleaners as pearls are so soft. This way you can use the brush to get the grime off. Maybe keep a bowl of hot water handy so you can dip the toothbrush in it as you go.
     
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    by whitewave » Aug 17, 2019
    Ok, yeah, that is kinda what I figured. Thanks. It’s going to be a nightmare cleaning the diamonds.
     
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    by whitewave » Aug 17, 2019
    This is the brooch. It’s small— 3/4 inch diameter

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  6. cmd2014
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    by cmd2014 » Aug 17, 2019
    I’m not sure about dish soap with pearls. I have heard people recommend Dr. Bronner’s fragrance free castile soap (the baby version).
     
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    Thanks. I do remember reading about Castile soap around here somewhere
     
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    by stracci2000 » Aug 17, 2019
    There's really no way to clean the diamonds without getting the pearls wet.
    I would use soapy water and a small paint brush to get up under the diamonds.
    You cant avoid the pearls, and they're gonna get wet. The soap and water probably won't affect the glue.
    But if any of them become loose or fall off, just carefully re-glue them with epoxy or super glue.
    Good luck!
     
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    by whitewave » Aug 17, 2019
    Ok, thanks
     
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    by OcnGypZ » Aug 17, 2019
    Do not use a toothbrush! Just use a little sable watercolor brush. I have a similar pin.. I just use pearl cleaner since I'm such a klutz.
     
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  11. whitewave
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    by whitewave » Aug 17, 2019
    Good idea, thanks.
     
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    by StephanieLynn » Aug 17, 2019
    @OcnGypZ, not trying to be argumentative but why do you advise against a soft toothbrush just for the diamonds? If they are as dirty as she says I can't see a soft paintbrush getting them clean. Just genuinely curious, not trying to start a debate.
     
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    by the_mother_thing » Aug 17, 2019
    The Lavish cleaner from HPD, LAD, etc. is supposedly gentle enough to use on pearls as well as cleans diamonds great. I’d start with that before anything else to minimize risk of damage to the pearls, and only use a brush (if possible) on the diamonds.
     
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    Oh can you use Lavish on pearls??? :appl:
     
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    by OcnGypZ » Aug 17, 2019
    This is a VERY small pin.. and one wrong move with a toothbrush can destroy the nacre of a seed pearl.
     
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    by KristinTech » Aug 18, 2019
    33B7E032-B4B4-4DA9-8B1A-10BBEFFFC371.jpeg @whitewave I am giggling at this problem for you.... the lady that uses the ultrasonic 12 times a day on her diamonds! :lol: This is going to be an extreme test of your willpower.

    I love that brooch! I picked up a $3 Krementz goldfill brooch at a flea market last month. I need a fancier lifestyle, because I want to buy more brooches!
     
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    by whitewave » Aug 18, 2019
    Seriously lol

    I love brooches! I think this one will be a nice one for a dress blouse collar since it’s so small.

    I LOVE that new brooch of yours!
     
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    by whitewave » Aug 18, 2019
    Definitely. Not buying it
     
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    by yssie » Aug 18, 2019
    That's lovely @whitewave :kiss2: You'll have to take some hair pics for us!!

    Unless you're attached to those specific pearls... I (personally) wouldn't worry too much. I'd (personally) just grab that baby toothbrush and scrub scrub scrub away until the diamonds are spotless... and then replace any seed pearls that might need replacing.

    Perhaps I'm too irreverant though! :mrgreen2:
     
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    by whitewave » Aug 18, 2019
    I thought the same lol. Thanks.
     
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    Oh my my my. I am in love :love::love: with this pretty little brooch. The diamonds are oec with such sweet high crowns :love:. I’d say the diamonds are k color.

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    I’ll add some crown pics and a perspective shot later on.

    This is one of my better eBay purchases :appl:
     
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    Gorgeous, @whitewave! I've been waiting for this to arrive!

    Can you tell us how wide it is from side to side?
     
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    by whitewave » Aug 22, 2019
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    @mrs-b I haven’t double checked yet, but it was sold as 3/4 and inch diameter.
     
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    by JPie » Aug 22, 2019
    How pretty! Love those high crowns. :kiss2:
     
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    Thanks, it’s hard to get pics today because I was rushing. I’m 10 days post surgery and in physical therapy 3x a week and just got slammed last night and this morning.

    I also didn’t have anyone help me hold the camera while another holds the pin and the loupe lol
     
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    Diamonds help with post-surgery recovery. True story, believe me. :lol:

    Seriously though, hope you’re feeling better!
     

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