Handmade Jewelry Care Tips

 Wearing Jewelry 

Jewelry is worn by millions of people every day, but few recognize how they can preserve their treasures by using some simple advanced planning and thought. Here are some basic guidelines to consider when wearing jewelry: 

  • Remove Jewelry During Tasks – When performing manual tasks, remove your jewelry to prevent physical damage or exposure to chemicals or cleaning fluids. Some tasks that should be avoided when wearing jewelry include kitchen work, gardening, cleaning the house and other common tasks.
  • Put Jewelry On After Applying Makeup – Cosmetics, hairspray, perfumes and lotion can contain chemicals that can often damage jewelry. Putting jewelry on after applying these materials will limit exposure to jewelry and any potential damage.
  • Don't Wear Jewelry In Swimming Pools and Spas –Chlorinated water can react with the metals found in jewelry causing color changes and even structural damage. As a result it's a good idea to remove jewelry before entering the pool or spa.
  • Contact Sports and Jewelry Don't Mix– Hard blows during sports can damage jewelry not to mention the people involved. All jewelry should be removed before play begins.

How to clean your Jewelry Copper Jewelry care:

Copper jewelry, even pieces that have been lacquered, can tarnish over time because of exposure to sulfides in the air, as well as humidity. You can easily clean your copper jewelry if it hasn’t been lacquered.  Step 1: Determine if your jewelry is made out of pure copper. Most pieces that haven’t been lacquered will tarnish fairly quickly.  Step 2: Use a jewelry polishing cloth to clean lacquered copper jewelry. Gently rubbing the jewelry piece with the polishing cloth I provide with your order will most often restore the shine; lacquered copper doesn’t really tarnish if the lacquering was done properly, it just gets dull over time. You can purchase a polishing cloth at any jewelry store as well.  Step 3: Clean copper pieces that haven’t been lacquered with a commercial jewelry cleaner or with any of these handy household products;

  • Cut a lemon in half and add a dash of salt to cut side. Rub the lemon over the jewelry piece. You can also add a dash of salt to some lemon juice (enough juice to coat the piece). Dip the jewelry into the juice and let it sit for a few minutes. Rinse the piece off with water and dry it thoroughly with a polishing cloth.
  • Rub your jewelry with a small amount of ketchup or tomato juice. Rinse well and dry with a polishing cloth. 
  • Combine equal parts of lemon juice and baking soda to form a paste and rub the paste on your jewelry. Rinse and dry. 
  •  Sprinkle some Worcestershire sauce on your copper piece. Rinse well and dry thoroughly. 

Jewelry Containing Copper 

So, that beautiful new copper ring now turns your finger GREEN! Step 1: Don't panic. This common green stain is not harmful, so there is no need to panic. If it does appear, just remove the piece of jewelry causing the problem and it should fade away. If you are not allergic to metal, the reason for this reaction is chemical, due to a combination of the metal and the acids in your skin. Experts say that there are several metals that oxidize with your skin to give you a noticeable green ring around your finger. A ring made of copper is a common culprit; even silver and gold metals can cause discoloration. Step 2: Keep skin dryKeep soaps and lotions away from your ring finger if you want to prevent the green-finger effect. Something as simple as removing rings before washing your hands or before taking a shower can help. Do Not wear your ring when working with chemicals, solvents and household cleaners. Avoid wearing your rings in the pool as well. The chlorine from the swimming pool will damage your jewelry and leave the annoying stain. Step 3: Quick fixIf you can’t stay away from accessories prone to leaving a dark stain, try clear nail polish as a quick fix. Apply a polymer coating to your ring and let dry. This creates a barrier between your skin and the metal, so that the ring can’t turn your finger green. Just remember to reapply the coating often because it tends to wear off.  

How to care for patina'd jewelry 

Over time that beautiful patina I originally applied to your jewelry will eventually wear off with everyday use and/or if not properly cared for. The tips below will provide you with the best tips I know of to have it last as long as possible.  I will gladly reapply patina FREE of charge should it ever fade beyond your liking. All you will be responsible for is shipping. 

  • Clean your jewelry after each wearing with a soft cloth before putting it away. This will remove the oils from your skin and debris picked up throughout the day and helps prevent tarnish.
  • Do not put your jewelry on until AFTER you have dressed and applied any cosmetics, hairspray, perfume, lotions and other chemicals. These can dull and even harm your jewelry.
  • Do not sleep with your jewelry on.
  • Remove jewelry before doing household chores, especially when washing dishes. Remember, many household cleaners contain bleach or other harsh chemicals that are harmful to jewelry.
  • Do not wear your jewelry swimming or in the shower. Avoid wearing it around chlorinated pools and hot tubs, salt water, mineral springs and suntan lotion.
  • When not wearing your jewelry store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
  • Keep your jewelry pieces separated to avoid scratching. 
  • Be sure to avoid chemicals like alcohol, ammonia, bleach, chlorine, acetone, hairspray, perfume and cosmetics.

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