How to Clean Copper Jewellery

How To Clean Copper Jewellery

Copper is fashionable inmany different styles ofjewellery, from ...More
Copper is fashionable inmany different styles ofjewellery, from ethnicdesigns in gemstonejewellery to modernpieces. When new andunfinished, it can be asshiny and pink as rosegold. After some time,the copper will develop atarnish and turn a warmbrown color. Althoughcopper tarnishes easily,it is popular withartisans and jewellerswho love to work with thesoft metal. Follow theseinstructions to care foryour handcraftedcopperjewelry. Less

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Copper is stylish in many different styles of jewelry, from ethnic designs in handcrafted jewelry to modern pieces. When new and unfinished, it can be as shiny and pink as rose gold. After some time, the copper will develop a tarnish and turn a warm brown color. Although copper tarnishes easily, it is popular with artisans and jewelers who love to work with the soft metal. Follow these instructions to care for your handmade copperjewelry.
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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.

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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.

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Copper is fashionable in many different styles of jewellery, from ethnic designs in gemstone jewellery to modern pieces. When new and unfinished, it can be as shiny and pink as rose gold. After some time, the copper will develop a tarnish and turn a warm brown color. Although copper tarnishes easily, it is popular with artisans and jewellers who love to work with the soft metal. Follow these instructions to care for your handcrafted copperjewelry.
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