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 Saving your treasures

Jewelry

pPearl neclace Jewelry has been used as personal ornament throughout the ages and around the world. These small, intricate pieces of art and workmanship are very complex and often fragile. Jewelry can be hand-made or machine-made of a variety of materials including metals, class, ceramics, bone, stone, shell, pearl, etc. Anthropologists suggest the first ornaments were the by-products of a hunt such as vertebrae, teeth, claws, and horns. Ancient and historic jewelry are often made of metals (gold, silver, alloys), organic materials (teeth, shell, pearls, etc.).

Jewelry is cared for by objects conservators and by specialist jewelers who have studied historic and ancient technology and materials.


 

If you have any questions, ask a conservator.

 

Preservation Principles
   Identify
   Protect
   Display
   Store
   Manage
   Preserve

Types of Material
   Ceramics
   Glass
   Metals
   Wood
   Textiles
   Paper
   Paintings
   Other

Types of Objects
   Books / Bibles / Scrapbooks
   Photographs
   Works of Art
   Newspaper
   Furniture
   Firearms
   Textiles / Clothing / Uniforms
   Toys
   Tools / Mechanical / Instruments
   Dishes / Glassware / Silverware
 
  Jewelry
   Native American Items
   Natural History Specimens

More Resources
   Preservation Documents  (pdfs)
   Glossary of Terms
   See what we've done

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