We apply micro-crystalline wax in order to protect delicate surfaces (patinated, anodized, etc.) and sometimes we even use this product to prevent further oxidation. If you want to learn more about this, go on reading.
Questions and answers about the use of micro-crystalline wax to protect jewelry
1. Why do you use micro-crystalline wax?
We use it because it protects metals against tarnish and repels oils, dirts and fingerprints. This is, it improves the surface resistance of patinated or anodized jewels (which, in any case, must always be handled with appropriate care).
2. Which micro-crystalline wax do you use?
We use Picreator Enterprises Ltd. Renaissance Wax® because, from our point of view, it is the best available on the market for metal finishing and protection.
3. What is Renaissance Wax®?
Renaissance Wax® was originally formulated in the British Museum research laboratories in the early 1950’s, as current commercial waxes based on the usual natural waxes (beeswax and carnauba wax) contained acids which, in time, could damage original finishes on national historic collections of furniture.
Commercial production and distribution of the wax was undertaken in 1968 by the London-based company Picreator Enterprises Ltd. and it was quickly accepted in the international museum world, becoming a atandard conservation material.
As per the manufacturer technical specifications, Renaissance Wax® is a biodegradable micro-crystalline wax. It does not stain or discolor with aging, it is waterproof, non-staining and non-abrasive.
3. Is micro-crystalline wax safe to use for jewelry?
Do you consider a petroleum jelly body lotion like Unilever Vaseline® (sold as Vasenol® in many countries) to be safe? Then there is no need to worry about Renaissance Wax®, a product considered safe by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which is the main federal agency charged with the enforcement of safety and health legislation in the USA). In any case keep in mind that it has the potential to bio-accumulate and its user guide must be followed thoroughly. Thus, inhalation of high vapour concentrations, ingestion, eye contact and prolonged skin contact (it will defat and dry, leading to possible irritation and dermatitis) shall be avoided.
An independent review about the Renaissance Wax® may be found here, including a link to the Renaissance Wax® MSDS (materials safety data sheet: ‘Is Renaissance Wax Safe to Use for Jewelry?’.
4. How shall micro-crystalline wax be applied?
To use, apply sparingly a thin layer with a smooth lint-free cloth and buff very gently. Let it dry (and repeat if you want a double layer of protection), no sticky residue will be left.
Remember that ‘fossil’ or micro-crystalline waxes are obtenide out of crude oil, which means that they should be used in a well-ventilated area to minimize unpleasant smells until the wax has dried out. We recommend wearing nitrile gloves when applying the wax.
5. Can a mycro-cyrstalline wax be completely removed after it has been applied?
Yes, if necessary it can be completely removed using mineral spirits.
6. When does micro-crystalline wax needs to be reapplied?
Renaissance Wax®’s long-lasting preservation reduces the need for frequent maintenance, but it is not permanent and it will be gradually worn-off by use. You will realize that this protective layer has dissapeared by how the jewel surface reacts (for example it will show fingertips easier than before). Then you may want to clean the jewel and apply a new layer of micro-crystalline wax in order to benefit from its protection capacity.
Disclaimer.- We have made every effort to assure that this information is accurate. However, the information presented on this site is provided ‘as is’ and the Decimononic will not be liable for damages of any kind arising from its use. Remember that learning how to use micro-crystalline wax in a suitable manner is your own responsibility.