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how does one clean ivory jewelry?

 
 
Tue 26 Aug, 2008 07:33 pm
I have an ivory necklace which is turning dark from use and wear. How can I restore the original light color?
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Robert Gentel
 
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Sun 14 Sep, 2008 03:02 am
@shoshanaca,
It needs light or it will darken. You can try whitening it with lemon juice and water but should really consult a professional if you want to get it done right.
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stephblake
 
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Fri 7 Aug, 2009 02:25 am
@shoshanaca,
Use a white vinyl eraser to clean it and use cotton gloves while cleaning the ivory.

Best option would be to take it to a professional jeweler.
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MatinJohn
 
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Sun 7 Oct, 2012 08:47 pm
@shoshanaca,
Hello Community,

The ivory is banned and heavily regulated across the world, today's ivory is derived from teeth or tusks from animals like walruses, hippopotamuses, boars and sperm whales. Before, plastics, ivory was used to make many things such as piano keys and billiard balls. Today, ivory is still used for decorative art and jewelry. Jewelry that is made from ivory may need to be cleaned occasionally and can be lightly cleaned in your home. Here is some tips for cleaning the ivory jewelers.

1. Cut a lemon cleanly in half on a cutting board, using a sharp knife. Sprinkle some table salt onto the cut sides of each half.
2. Hold a lemon half in your hand and use the salted, exposed side to scrub your yellowed ivory item. Squeeze the lemon very gently as you work to release a small amount of juice. If necessary, apply more salt to the lemon as you scrub.
3. Set the ivory item to the side to air dry. Do not wipe away any of the juice or salt, and wait for all of the moisture to completely dry.
4. Soak a soft cloth in clean water and wring out the excess. Use the damp cloth to wipe down all surfaces of the ivory item. Reach into any tight cracks and crevices. When the juice and salt has all been wiped away, allow the piece to air dry.
5. Repeat the procedure if necessary. Even extensively yellowed ivory can be significantly whitened with just a few treatments.


Best Regards,
Matin John
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jewelista
 
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Sat 3 Nov, 2012 02:19 am
@shoshanaca,
Whenever I clean my ivory necklaces, I always make sure to dust it first, using the paintbrush before wiping it with water and cloth. The cloth can’t get into small spaces like paintbrushes can, but if I only use a paintbrush, I won’t be able to wipe the dirt off. I also make sure not to scrub, so I don’t ruin the pendant in any way. However, if you own an antique ivory necklace, maybe it’s best to leave the cleaning to professionals.
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mistryeve
 
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Thu 2 Apr, 2015 04:40 am
@shoshanaca,
If u want to clean your ivory jewellery at home then you should do it by the help of lemon and cotton easily. It will surely make your jewellery at its original.
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