Recently I found a heavy necklace and bracelet at a thrift store for $2.00. They were very dull looking, but when I looked at the clasp the .925 was there, which is an indication of sterling silver. After purchasing them I went to an independent jeweler I frequent for watch batteries, etc. and asked him to verify it for me. He dipped the items in tarnish remover and gently rubbed them with a Jewelry Care Cloth. Immediately, the lovely shine began to peek from beneath the years of wear. He sold me my own cleaning cloth and told me the more I gently rubbed the metal the more it would shine. Here is how the set looks now... Pretty lovely, heh? UPDATE: Closing bid on Ebay was $58.00.
When you are out thrifting and come upon jewelry you think might be valuable it is important to have the right tools. A jewelers loop is invaluable. (Thanks, Selena at http://apronthriftgirl.typepad.com/ for teaching me this. :) The pic to the left was taken through mine. It is a small magnifying glass. The cover to mine has broken off.
Next on my list are some jewelry pliers for repairs.
I will be joining Selena's Thrift Share Monday here: http://apronthriftgirl.typepad.com/apron_thrift_girl/ . Join us to check out the great finds. :)