Archive for silver charms
Want a quick and easy way to clean your silver or silver jewellery? Ive made a little video showing how this can be done with kitchen foil and soda.
The foil lines a glass bowl and I then place the silver to be cleaned inside. I add hot water and then a shake of bicarbonate of soda. Wait a minute or two for best results. Discard the liquid , probably best to rinse the silver under a cold tap next and then polish with a soft cloth. Cheap, easy and quick
This is particularly great for cleaning fiddly little silver jewellery which is difficult with silver polish , I like to clean vintage charms this way
Dont leave the silver in the soda too long if you want to keep a vintage look, test every few seconds or you will get silver that looks new
Only clean silver like this, do not attempt if there are any other materials on the jewellery such as crystals, gemstones , pearls, enamels.
I suppose I should have been wearing protective gloves to do this – please ensure that you do.
Sorting through my vintage charms beginning with B, I notice that several of them are articulated or moving. Lets take a look:
Here is a very rare silver charm dating from circa 1960s. This articulated charm is of a couple in a four poster bed. Beneath the bed is a leaver which can be used to sit the couple up and down. This is quite a large charm measuring about 17 mm wideVintage silver charm The Beatles, moving 1960s
This opening charm was made by Nuvo and will date from the 1970s
Please see my other sales for more exciting Nuvo opening charms
Approx Size: 1 inch long
Approx Weight:2 grams
Country of origin England
Opening Nuvo silver Bible charm with angel inside 1970s
This charm needs special mention as it is quite rare and sought after. A bible which opens and inside is a praying Angel which sites up when you open the Bible.
Some special silver charms ready to add to your own silver charm bracelet:
Devil in Dustbin charm
Antique Charm silver devil in dustbin opening
Antique Charm – This silver charm is in the shape of a dustbin, you open the lid and out pops the devil complete with horns and red eyes. How very unusual. I believe that this antique charm dates to the Edwardian era ( early 1900s). When closed it measures about 1.2 cms high
Silver crystal set charm table lamp with lady and dog
A very rare bracelet charm from the 1970s. This is in the form of a table lamp with a pink crystal for the bulb. The base hss a lady in classical dress petting her dog.
Approx Size:2.5 cms long plus bail
Approx Weight: 5.7 grams
A very lovely vintage silver charm in the shape of a windmill with moving sails. This is very unusual being enameled in blue which would add an excellent touch of colour to any vintage silver charm bracelet. This charm measures about 1.7 cms long and dates from circa 1920s
Vintage Silver comical bearded man / gonk charm
A very rare bracelet charm from the 1970s, it is in the form of comical man with a beard. I seem to remember having a similar toy during the 1970s and I am sure it was known as a Gonk back then ( unless you know better?)
Approx Size:2 cms high
Approx Weight: 7.5 grams