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Let the gold jewlery stand for a few minutes and rinse it off and wipe dry. A polishing cloth, that you get at jewelers supply stores will make the gold shine, but personally, I think antique pieces look better when they don't shine. Their soft patina is more beautiful than a glossy "new" gold look. best wishesToni
By hammering the gold from the back, the design was raised in relief and often hand finished. Repoussé hammered by hand demonstrated the skill of the craftsman. The initials inside the band would most likely be those of the craftsman.
Notice the careful use of gold alloy here, in this case, green gold, which is an alloy of gold; gold being too soft to be used alone was often alloyed, in this case with zinc or cadmium. The gold alloy resulted in extra strength and produced the beautiful shade of green gold that you can see. Three shades of green gold were generally made. These were "meadow gold" "leaf gold" and "water gold". Thank you very much for your submission. best regardsYvonne Hammouda-EyreIf you would like to join the Antique Jewelry Investor community and stay up to date with all the latest Antique jewelry news, click here....
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