Seven secrets for caring for Shell Cameo

Seven secrets for caring for Shell Cameo

Perhaps you are lucky enough to own, or perhaps you have inherited, a piece of shell cameo jewelry. That’s adorable! I love cameos, don’t you?

Here are the seven secrets to keeping your cameo healthy and beautiful:

1. Keep your cameo out of direct sunlight. Light will fade into a cameo, I found out the hard way.

2. Store your shell cameo in a closed jewelry box that has a velvety or flocked surface. Please keep it away from other jewelry to avoid scratching. Don’t put it on top of that fluffy cotton lining you find in gift boxes – the cotton will absorb precious moisture and make your cameo brittle.

3. Be careful not to drop your shell cameo. It can break.

4. Dust your cameo periodically with a soft brush, such as a clean makeup brush. Dust can scratch the surface of the cameo.

5. Twice a year, apply a generous amount of baby oil or mineral oil to the cameo and allow it to soak overnight. The next day, wipe off excess with a soft cloth. Avoid using colored oils such as olive oil – your cameo will turn yellow.

6. You may clean your cameo as needed, using a soft-bristled or baby toothbrush and Woolite (TM) or non-abrasive toothpaste. Brush gently, then rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry carefully.

7. NEVER, EVER use a commercial jewelry cleaner on your shell cameo! It will etch and erode the surface, making the cameo dry, brittle, and prone to breaking.

Follow these simple secrets and your precious shell cameo will last for generations.

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