1. Clean your silver and copper jewelry whenever you notice that it is becoming dingy or dirty. This depends on how frequently you wear it. In fact, the more you wear it, the shinier it remains. Silver and Copper can both be cleaned with warm water and mild soap. Use a soft rag, and you can gently wipe your jewelry clean. Rinse with clear water and dry the jewelry gently with a soft cloth….dry it good!
2. A store bought Polishing Cloth is my preferred way of caring for copper and silver. I recommend it for routine cleaning and shining of your jewelry. This will quickly give a nice shine when you go to wear a piece. You can get one at most places where jewelry is sold, or order online. I also like “Sunshine Cloth”. Most, but not all of my handmade pieces have been through an oxidation process which gives the piece a rich warm and somewhat aged appearance. This is intentional and using harsh cleaners will remove this treatment. This is why I recommend a soft polishing cloth, which will restore the shine and preserve the intentional patina. However, if left unattended for an extended period, copper will develop a more resistant tarnish, which would require a chemical dip. No worries though…we can use a natural solution.
3. Restore the bright copper color to your jewelry by preparing a cup of lemon juice with a little water and add a dash of salt. Dip your copper jewelry into the lemon juice and swirl it around a bit. This will remove the patina that comes with tarnishing, however it may also remove the intentional oxidation coloring, so be careful. Remove your jewelry and rinse it off thoroughly with water. Let the jewelry dry completely before wearing it.
4. Store your copper jewelry in a plastic zipper bags or in a jewelry box or drawer to help prevent air from tarnishing the pieces when you aren't wearing them. I, on the other hand, adore this natural coloring and forward to it’s rustic glory!
Things You Need:
· Mild soap
· Lemon juice
· Soft cloth
· Polishing cloth
intend to try it on my silver as well. (at some point) ;)