Miriam Haskell is probably my very favorite vintage jewelry designer. Which proves what my husband already knows, I have expensive taste. I am finding that Haskell jewelry is VERY collectible and much in demand, which makes it expensive to collect. When I have been fortunate enough to even find a signed piece it is normally in need of repair. I belong to a Facebook Group dedicated to finding, restoring and preserving vintage jewelry for the generations to come.
You can see in the photo that the brooch has been attacked by verdigris. Probably the worst enemy of most vintage costume jewelry is verdigris. It is just like a virus that spreads over the jewelry and eats away at the metal and can spread to other pieces if stored together. Prior to even attempting to remove this nasty stuff I will have to remove the delicate little faux Haskell pearls which are attached with fine wire. There are some pearls missing and it is very hard to find replacement pearls. So you can see that I already have several dilemmas. IF I am able to find replacement pearls I will then have to rewire all of the pearls back on, that is IF I am able to remove the verdigris.
What I hope to do by sharing this post with any of you who are interested in collecting vintage jewelry is to educate so that you know the best way to store your collectible pieces. Know this; Moisture is not a friend of vintage jewelry, please store with silica packets and make sure that prior to storing you wipe the piece with a dry cloth to remove oils, makeup, perfume and the like. Store pieces in divided cases or in those little fabric pouches to keep them from touching.
I hope you have found this post useful and that you will share with me any adventures you have with vintage jewelry!