How To Clean Copper Jewellery
1. Caring for Handmade Copper Jewelry.
Store your handmade copper jewellery in a cool, dry place. Copper will darken over time, and heat will cause the tarnishing to occur faster.
Remove handcrafted copper jewellery before getting into any water. This includes swimming, washing hands and dishes and bathing.
Store your copper jewelry in a plastic ziplock bag to prevent air from tarnishing it when you aren't wearing it. On the other hand, you can let it develop a rich patina if you like that look.
Remove handmade copper jewelry before applying lotion oroil. As, these will coat the metal and cause it to tarnish and darken.
Remove handmade copper jewelry before going to sleep. The metal is soft and may bend as you turn during the night.
Use a polishing cloth for everyday cleaning. Rub the surface with enough force to clean but not to bend the metal.
2. Cleaning Handmade handmade copper jewelry.
Clean your copper jewelry whenever you notice that it is becoming dark or dirty. This will depend on how often you wear it. To clean it, prepare a mixture of warm water and a few drops of mild soap. Then dip a soft rag into the mixture and wipe your handmade copper clean. Rinse with clean water and dry the jewelry gently with a soft cloth.
If your jewellery contains gemstones remember to ensure you follow separate care instructions for these as some gems, particularly turquoise, pearls and lapis can be easily damaged by water.
Some jewellery designers add a patina on purpose to enhance the look of the piece, copper polish will remove this so take extra care with these pieces.
Polish your copper jewellery to maintain the pink colour and shine. Do this every time you see the colour darkening. Prepare a cup of white vinegar (or lemon juice) and add a dash of salt. If possible dip your handmade copper jewellery into the mixture and swirl it around a bit. This will remove the patina that comes with tarnishing. If your jewelry contains gems which cannot get wet, or an area of patina which you do not wish to polish you can make a paste of lemon juice and salt for concentrated cleaning. Rub with a soft cloth, then rinse and dry. You can add flour if you need to thicken the paste further.
After polishing ensure the cleaning solution has been completely removed. Let the jewellery dry completely before storing or wearing it.
Do not use silver polish on copper. Many silver polishes have abrasives that can scratch the soft surface of copper.