Τo rejoice in your jewels and always impress when you wear them, you must take good care of them.
Here’s a few useful tips and tricks.
Remove Jewelry During Tasks
– When performing manual tasks, remove your jewelry to prevent physical damage or exposure to chemicals or cleaning fluids.
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 any potential damage.
Don’t Wear Jewelry In Swimming Pools and Spa
– 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.
Prevent Your Jewelry from Tarnishing
– Sometimes jewelry tarnishes when it’s not worn. To maintain the luster of your jewelry, store them in a recloseable plastic bag or jewelry case along with pieces of chalk. Chalk tends to absorb humidity which is responsible for tarnishing.
Copper and Brass
Copper and brass jewellery are very simple to care for. While they do tarnish more quickly than silver and gold, they can be restored to their original shine easily. Methods for cleaning and shining copper and brass jewelery are:
Commercial copper/brass cleaner.
Ketchup. The acid in the tomato of the ketchup shines up copper and brass quite nicely. Apply it with a toothbrush or soft cloth, then rinse thoroughly. Another kitchen cleaner method for copper and brass is a combination of water, lemon or lime juice and salt. Add a few drops of lemon or lime juice to a container of water, then add a teaspoon of salt and stir gently. Place the jewelry in the solution for a few minutes, then remove and rinse thoroughly. If needed, the dip in the solution can be repeated.
Copper and brass jewelry will tarnish slower if stored in a recloseable plastic bag or jewelry case along with pieces of chalk. Copper and brass are self-cleaning metals. The more you wear copper and brass jewelry the more shiny they become. For you to absolutely certain, apoplanity.com includes a special polishing pad for you to polish your metallic jewelry whenever necessary.
Do you have more questions?
We will be glad to give you more information about the materials used with our jewels as well as about the techniques we use. Please do not hesitate to contact us for your questions with contact form or by phone at (+30) 26510 72480.