Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Vintage Czech Crystal necklace restoration: before/after

A client brought her grandmother's necklace to me for restoration.  
It was a lovely but badly aged Czech piece.

First I removed the black cord that had been used to lengthen the necklace.

I soaked the metal in a vinegar solution then gently scrubbed 
with a soft toothbrush to remove the verdigris and other discoloration. 

I harvested a chain from another vintage Czech necklace to provide the length needed.
Matching/coordinating amber glass beads were used to fill in for those that were long gone.
I am happy with how it tuned out, more importantly, the client was thrilled!