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Jewish World Review April 8, 2003 / 6 Nisan, 5763

Anita Gold

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Restore Grandmother's jewelry and memories | Q. As a child I remember opening my grandmother's jewelry box and playing "dress-up" with her beautiful jewelry. Since inheriting her diamond ring, crystal broaches, gem necklaces, earrings, and bracelets I have been unable to restore them. Is there a way to bring back their original sparkle? Elizabeth Jordan Highland Park, NJ

A. While attending an antique jewelry show I discovered the most amazing jewelry cleaning method that restores dull, worn jewelry to better than new condition by polishing with a creamed jewelers rouge then soaking in a liquid restorer. Jewelers use a stick of jewelers rouge with a buffing wheel to restore jewelry. This removes traces of metal and is too abrasive for your grandmother's delicate heirlooms.

I recommend using the antique collector's method. Rub the creamed jewelers rouge into a soft cloth (creating your own jewelers polishing-buffing wheel), polish jewelry, buff with a clean soft cloth then soak in liquid restorer to remove the years of built-up residue. It leaves an astonishing brilliance on diamonds, crystal, rhinestones, gems, stones, CZ's, gold, silver, platinum and other metals, transforming them to a remarkable, better than new condition - restoring Grandmother's jewelry and memories. The creamed jewelers rouge and liquid restorer are available for $14.95 plus $2.95 shipping and includes a free polishing cloth dry-treated with the creamed jewelers rouge formula from AMI, P.O. Box 500, Western Springs, IL 60558.

Q. During the Vietnam war, my husband was stationed aboard the USS Iwo Jima. Bob Hope visited the ship and entertained the ship's crew. My husband found a copy of the 14-page script with jokes Mr. Hope used. It is not signed but contains a few pen and ink changes. The pages are titled, "Iwo Jima, Women in the Navy, New York, Birthday, Gas Shortage, Politics, and China". How can I determine whether this document has any value? Gerry Lynch, Virginia Beach, VA

A. Write Howard Gottlieb c/o Boston University - Mugar Memorial Library, 771 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215. Enclose a copy of the script and a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply, or phone Gottlieb at 617-353-3710. Gottlieb especially wants any and all personal items, letters, papers, and scripts belonging to stars of stage and screen, and anyone else of fame. If you have such items, Gottlieb says to pack them in a box and send it to him, to be kept in the Mugar Memorial Library's immense archives, which he oversees as the director. Gottlieb (a warm, witty, and wise fellow devoted to preserving history) was recently featured on the popular CBS Sunday Morning Show. For additional information, search the web for CBS Sunday Morning shows, and Howard Gottlieb links.

Q. I love lighthouses and want to collect miniature examples and lighthouse memorabilia. Can you provide me with any sources, or lighthouse organizations? Penny Thomas, Virgina Beach, VA

A. Anyone who loves lighthouses, and thrilling sea adventures, will want to subscribe to the magnificent, monthly Lighthouse Digest - The International Lighthouse Magazine (loaded with color and black and white photos, gobs of information, historical lighthouse articles, organizations and offerings, miniature lighthouse replicas, lighthouse art and antiques, upcoming 2003 Northern Lighthouse Tours, events, cruises, and much more) available for $28 per year (12 issues) or $49.50 for two years (24 issues) from Lighthouse Digest, P.O. Box 7134, Bensenville, IL 60106-9916. Phone (800) 758-1444. Or visit: Or phone the above toll free 800 number to request a free copy of the Lighthouse Depot Gift Catalog picturing countless items in color one can order. To sell antique or old lighthouse items, write Tim Harrison publisher of the Lighthouse Digest at its above address. The Digest also gives lighthouse lovers the opportunity to visit, live in, buy, operate, and maintain an old lighthouse. It's a memorable experience to climb all the way up to the top of a lighthouse and look out at the sea.

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