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« on: March 14, 2007, 11:54:41 am »

I've started to build some jewelry boxes to try and make some money and blow of some stress from classes.
I was going to line them with velvet or suede leather, but recently i read that some types of velvet and other cloth can damage silver and gold.  
What is the safest lining that i can put in my boxes.

Thanks for any help.
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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2007, 12:07:09 pm »

I've never heard that these materials will damage the softer metals but now that you mention it I've always seen boxes lined with satin. Maybe that's why?
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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2007, 12:40:29 pm »

Thanks, i'll check it out.  I had gotten most of my information from this site:
http://www.home-museum.com/How-To-Arts/Fabric/Fabric.htm
but i've also read that leather, and chamois leather is not good on silver.
so my 2 choices of velvet and suede are vetoed on conflicting sites.  im trying to find out the correct answer.

I just dont want some angry person to call me up in 5 years due to the fact that my liner is eating away at their jewelry.  
I figured you guys would be the most knowledgeable on this stuff.

Thanks
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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2007, 02:58:35 pm »

Fabric stores sell an anti tarnish material used to line jewelry boxes and silverware boxes.
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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2007, 11:48:52 am »

Body oils will tarnish sterling silver and many other metals. Leather has oils in it as well, either naturally occurring or added to keep the leather supple.  So I would steer clear of any type of leather.

Fabric has a baffling array of chemicals added for coloration, or as part of the process of creating the basic fabric itself.  However, most of them seem ok -- they don't seem to cause many problems when jewelry is packed into a suitcase with clothing.  But that's only short-term....

Inexpensive jewelry boxes frequently use a flocked velvet-like surface, which is soft and non-abrasive.
Traveling jewelry pouches are often velvet-like, rather like the fabric square given away with the purchase of a nice pair of prescription glasses, or like a jewelry cleaning cloth.

For long-term safety, I think it would be best to find a material that specifically advertises itself as anti-tarnish.  Anything else will be doubtful, because even if it is from a product category that other people have used safely, the manufacturers can change the make-up at any time, not realizing that people are using it for jewelry purposes.
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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2007, 09:51:05 am »

thanks for the info!
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