Once you’ve found your perfect piece of handmade jewellery and felt the joy it brings you when you wear it, you’ll want to make sure to take proper care of it. The maintenance required for handmade jewellery can differ from that of standard jewellery and will depend on the materials present in the piece. Regardless of the materials, nothing matters more than maintaining its beauty and shine so that it can appear new for years to come.
How to Care for Your Copper Jewellery
If you own copper jewellery, then you will want to get into the habit of cleaning it occasionally. For basic cleaning of lightly worn copper, simply use lukewarm, soapy water and a gentle brush or sponge to remove any tarnishing. When you finish, dry and polish it with a soft cloth. Copper polish can be optionally used if desired.
After enough use, copper will lose its shine and begin to “brown” (or “tarnish”). When this happens, you will want to clean your copper with something stronger than soap and water. Table salt combined with either vinegar or half of a lemon are both great options.
For table salt and vinegar, pour the salt and vinegar mixture over your jewellery, then gently rub it into your piece. Continue until you notice tarnishing and grime being removed. Once you’re done, simply rinse with water, then polish the piece with a dry, soft cloth.
For table salt and lemon, the process looks very similar; however, for this method, you should pour the salt directly onto half of a lemon. Then, rub your jewellery with the salted lemon. You may also pour the salt and squeezed lemon juice onto your jewellery directly if you prefer, as with the salt and vinegar method. For either option, simply follow the rest of directions from the salt and vinegar method, rubbing until clear, then rinsing with water and polishing with a dry, soft cloth.
Keep in mind that while not wearing your copper pieces, you should store them in sealed plastic bags. Copper tarnishes via exposure to oxygen, so by storing it in a somewhat airtight container, you can slow down the tarnishing process.
The Bottom Line
As you can see, it is not difficult to maintain and care for your handmade jewellery. With just a couple minutes of time and attention now and then, you will keep your jewellery in perfect condition and continue wearing it for many years to come.