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How to Clean a Hip Flask

As with most things, it is always a good idea to give your hip flask a clean. You might have used it recently, or it might have been stored, unused for a while. Either way, it might seem like a bit of a daunting task. It is, after all, something you intend to drink out of after you’ve given it a nice spruce up. Moreover, the opening of a silver flask can be quite tiny, making it very difficult to do a thorough job. As intimidating as it might seem, cleaning out your silver hip flask is…


Added by AC Silver Antiques on October 21, 2019 at 5:46am — No Comments

How to Use a Jeweller's Loupe

What is a Jeweller’s Loupe?

Pronounced loop, a jeweller’s loupe is a simple, small, magnifier. It is used by professionals to inspect diamonds and other gemstones. Loupes allow the user to focus on objects at much closer…


Added by AC Silver Antiques on September 9, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments

How to Tell Diamonds from Paste

What are Paste Diamonds?

The term “paste” is used to describe various different types of cut glass. Paste stones come in an array of colours and sizes and they were mainly produced to imitate the look of diamonds.…


Added by AC Silver Antiques on September 2, 2019 at 9:00am — No Comments

How to Clean Antique Silver

There’s nothing better than obtaining an impressive piece of antique silver, and being able to proudly display it to the world. However, it is important that it gets the care it needs to stay looking silver, shiny and in presentation condition. Keep on reading for our top tips on how to clean antique silver!

Firstly, try and avoid overcleaning the piece. With antique silver, less is more! Regular, ‘gentle’ dusting is much better than infrequent, over-zealous cleaning. This will save…


Added by AC Silver Antiques on August 13, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

Military Collectables

Here at AC Silver we have a large collection of military collectables, ranging from brooches and charms to silver vases and large scale presentation trophies.

Items related to military service are highly collectable for many reasons; one of them simply being that such a high percentage of people have an affinity or connection to the military or to…


Added by AC Silver Antiques on November 23, 2016 at 10:48am — 1 Comment

Silver Smoking Accessories

Here at AC Silver, we are certainly not in the business of encouraging anyone to smoke, however we know that many of our customers enjoy antique items which are unusual, quirky and reminiscent of a bygone era. Our selection of silver smoking accessories certainly fit the bill.

Some of you may or may not even enjoy a cigar, or know of…


Added by AC Silver Antiques on October 25, 2016 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

How to Clean a Diamond Ring

How to Clean a Diamond Ring at Home

There are many old wives’ tales regarding the best way to make a diamond sparkle, and how to clean rings in particular – which attract lots of dust and debris from being worn on the hand, and are usually worn more often than other items of jewellery. Especially diamond solitaire rings, as these are often worn as engagement rings and are…


Added by AC Silver Antiques on October 19, 2016 at 10:37am — No Comments

What is an Armada Dish?

The word armada comes from the Portuguese and Spanish word for naval fleet. Fleet meaning a large formation of warships, at sea the direct equivalent is an army on land.

You’re probably wondering how this translation ‘naval fleet’ links to a silver dish? Good question, well the relevance to these silver dishes today is in fact the history hidden behind them.…


Added by AC Silver Antiques on November 20, 2015 at 6:06am — No Comments

How Will You Wear Your Antique Brooch?

The brooch in definitely not a thing of the past, here at AC Silver we are determined to show you how to make the most of yours.

Royal Glamour

The most famous brooch wearer in Britain has got to be Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Yet again she did us proud on a recent visit to Ireland in 2011, where no day was complete without a new brooch.  It seems that Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge, is…


Added by AC Silver Antiques on October 27, 2015 at 6:42am — No Comments

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