I have a Coro costume jewelry brooch that has high sentimental
value. It is rhinestone and metal, plated with some shiny white
The brooch is round, with 2 concentric circles of rhinestones;
across the middle from side to side, is a sort of stylized ribbon of
metal. The plating on the ribbon bit has flaked off. I want to
restore this finish, presumably by plating. The place I took it to
said they wouldn’t do it because the rhinestones, glued in, would
fall out. I accepted this and went away discoouraged. So, I guess I
have some questions:
Is plating the only way to put a new shiny finish on the metal?
If not, is there a way to remove the rhinestones before plating?
And what kind of glue would I use to reset them?
Thanks a bunch,
Christine in Littleton Ma