Featured Sterling, Pearl and Marcasite Necklace - Age\Cleaning?

Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by KikoBlueEyes, Mar 27, 2020.

  1. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    Before the crisis and everything shut down on March 16, I was able to get a few things. The best is this necklace that has a large sterling, marcasite, and pearl piece with six, 36 inch strands of pearl-colored beads attached to it. I've never seen anything like it before, so I'm hoping for some ideas from all of you. At first, I couldn't figure out how to wear it, as the weight of the sterling piece is so great it just flops at the bottom. The volunteer suggested I wear it on the side which worked.

    It was so dirty that it languished on the resale shop's shelf for days before I asked to see it and turned it over to see the word "Sterling" with a mark above and a circle below. After several days of cleaning, the real beauty is starting to come forward though more challenge lies ahead. I really need some help especially what to do with the beads, which are stiff with dirt. I have used about a third of a sunshine cloth to reveal the silver and to get the marcasite to sparkle a bit, but this could take forever.

    So, as usual, I have questions:
    1. The way it has to be worn on the side seems to point to some age - is that true?
    2. Are the small beads pearls? I have veneers on all my front teeth, so I can't do the grittiness test.
    3. Is there a faster way to clean the silver?
    4. How do I clean the strands of beads?
    As always any comments would be appreciated.

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  2. Barn Owl

    Barn Owl Well-Known Member

    Gorgeous necklace! I believe that mark is for Judith Jack, but I am not 100% certain.
  3. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    Oh. How exciting. A Name to explore. Thank you
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  4. Miscstuff

    Miscstuff Sometimesgetsitright

    They all have flat spots so I'm wondering if they are "seed" pearls.
  5. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    I was wondering about the flat spots. Seed pearls - hmmmm. I’ll have to look that up. Real pearls then you think, but small.
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  6. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    It's a JJ mark - I think it's Jonette Jewels instead of Judith Jack. The latter is crossed Js instead of two in a diamond. I've seen this mark listed as Judith Jack before, but I don't think that's right.
  7. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    Thank you. This is so fun seeing all this gorgeous jewelry.
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  8. flipper

    flipper Striving to face adversity with tact and humor

    Clean with a damp cloth only as needed.
    If your pearls are visibly stained, you can mix a solution of lukewarm water and mild dish soap, dip a soft cleaning cloth in it and wipe the pearls. Do NOT submerge a pearl necklace in water, as it will weaken the silk thread
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  9. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    They aren't stained, but they don't hang right. Rather than hanging smoothly they just kinda chunk up. I will clean them with a damp soft cloth and see it that helps. Thanks for the advice.
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  10. i need help

    i need help Well-Known Member

  11. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    I think wearing the clasp as part of the jewelry design was something that was done in the mid to late 1980s. Not sure if it carried into the 1990s.
  12. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    That is gorgeous!
    What a find :)
    They may need restringing to hang right. Most of the ones I have that I can’t get to hang right I take apart and find that the thread has stretched or is breaking or the wire is kinked. Worth doing as that clasp is wonderful!
  13. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

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  14. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    I must have missed that trend, but I've never been a trend person. :) Thank you.
  15. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    Thanks for your kind comments. I want to be able to wear it, but I haven't beaded in years. I hope the cleaning that @flipper recommended will work, as I have a sweater that this would look great with.
  16. Northern Lights Lodge

    Northern Lights Lodge Well-Known Member

    Beautiful piece! I'm glad you rescued it!

  17. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member


    I'm glad too! :)
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  18. Vintage Maven

    Vintage Maven Vintage Maven

    Wow! That is a most fabulous necklace, I love it, something about the design that speaks nicely. ❤️Maven
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  19. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    Thank you Maven. It has sort of a classic feel I think.
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