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Roman Glass Jewelry Treatment & Care - How to Clean Roman Glass Jewelry

Ido Zimet

How to take care of Roman glass jewelry?

"How can I clean my Roman glass jewelry?" 

This is a kind of question anyone who ever purchased any kind of Roman glass jewelery asks themselves.

Roman glass jewelry will chemically react with any liquid – or even your skin oil – that touches the glass. This will definitely cause discoloration and even disintegration of the glass over time and the falling off the special 'Patina' that accompanies almost every unique and beautiful Roman glass shard.

 

So, in order to keep it in "mint condition" we suggest the following:

  • DO NOT GET IT WET AT ALL. (Yes, shower is included in “AT ALL”, also avoid rainy days)

  • TREAT IT AS IF IT WERE 2,000 YEARS OLD – IT IS!

  • TRY NOT TO EVEN TOUCH IT TOO MUCH BECAUSE OF THE NATURAL OIL OF YOUR SKIN.

  • DON'T HAIRSPRAY NEAR IT.

Water can dissolve those beautiful layers of patina that were created ever so slowly, miraculously over two thousand years - so no more liquids in these old bottles shards :-)

Also it is important to remember that even if you follow all instructions - Roman glass may still change in tones or lose some of its iridescent appearance – learn to live with it (after all the glass is organic :-).

 

So Which Parts Can I Clean In My Roman Glass Jewelry?

TO CLEAN THE JEWLRY, POLISH THE SILVER OR GOLD WITH A CLOTH BUT TRY NOT TO TOUCH THE GLASS!!!!

Remember Roman glass is 2000 years old, it should be treated as such. 

The only part of the Roman glass jewelry that may be cleaned is the sterling silver or gold, the cleaning should be done with special dry cloth for jewelry cleaning. Furthermore, we suggest you do it frequently - the reason being that this way the silver does not oxidizes too much that you than need to use special cleaning liquids which might come in contact with the Roman glass and ruin it.


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