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The Cleaning Cameo Steps
by: Yvonne

Good Morning Sheila!

Cleaning the cameo so that you can see the signature is a good idea. This signature (if recorded) will be diagnostic for dating purposes.

Cleaning Steps:
1. You will need a shallow dish - never clean in a sink as an unstable plug could lead to a disaster! Presoak your cameo beauty here.

What You Need:

2. Soft bristle toothbrush to remove dirt from your cameo with no abrasion.

3. Mild detergent or baby shampoo.

4. Lint-free cloth - like those used for cleaning glasses are perfect.


Step 1. Remove any fibers affixed to the prongs of the settings and surround with tweezers.

Step 2. Place the cameo in a mild solution of detergent and water then scrub lightly with the toothbrush, changing angles as you go.

Step 3. Rinse carefully in fresh water and finally, dry and buff with a soft dry lint-free cloth.

Thank you for the image of your cameo, which as you already suspect, is probably not an antique cameo.

It could be a Victorian Cameo Revival piece. Victorian Revival jewelry were key looks in the decade of the 1960s. There is a a way to test if it's genuine shell or composite cameo material, but clean the cameo first and check the signature again under loupe magnification. Don't forget to update us!

Warm Wishes
Yvonne Hammouda-Eyre

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