Fine filigree

16th October 2009 - 15:48
Submitted by Rosanna Holmes
Question: 

I would like to know more about this silver filigree jewellery, given to my great-grandmother by her brother, who served in India in the army around 1885. I would also like to know how it should be cleaned, as it is a little tarnished.
Mrs C. M. Welch, by email

Answer: 

Fine filigree

Your silver filigree parure would indeed have been bought in India at the height of the Raj. I would only recommend gentle cleaning using a soft toothbrush dipped in washing-up liquid. Rinse and dry thoroughly. You should insure your parure for £400-£500.
John Benjamin, jewellery specialist