In consultation with Minnesota Historical Society conservator, Bob Herskovitz, we recently cleaned and restrung this beautiful Zuni “squash blossom” necklace.
A gentle cleaning slurry of fine calcium carbonate powder was used to remove the tarnish and restore the luster to the handmade silver beads.
This necklace is part of the Cleora Helbing Collection of Native American Arts and Crafts. Miss Helbing and her work with the Bureau of Indian Affairs is an interesting story, but we’ll save that for another post.
– Posted by Ann