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Monday, January 9, 2012
Some of these inset discs of porcelain are simply just glued onto the base metal and others are prong-set into the metal just like real gemstone. For this simple reason, you never want to submerge these pieces in water nor let them sit out in extreme heat. Heat can loosen the glue and that will lead to your piece falling apart.
In addition, you do not want to use any type of chemicals or water while cleaning porcelain jewelry as those substances can actually wear away the hand painted design. To clean these types of jewelry pieces you want to gently rub them down with a dry soft cotton or chamois cloth.
If your jewelry piece is set into one of the precious metals like gold, silver or platinum you can use an anti-tarnish cloth on the metal portion of the jewelry piece. Please take great care to not use the cloth on the porcelain disc as it can rub off the design and ruin it forever.
Wearing these lovely pieces can bring back great memories and they still look great with today's fashion too. Take care of your antique porcelain jewelry pieces and you will ensure that your future generations can enjoy these beautiful items too.