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  • Writer's pictureKatrine Høilund Holmgaard

Cleaning, maintaining and things to avoid with bronze jewelry

Updated: Aug 17, 2023

How do I maintain bronze jewelry?

Bronze jewelry requires some special care to keep it looking its best over time. Here are some tips for maintaining bronze jewelry:

  1. Keep it dry: Moisture can cause bronze jewelry to tarnish and lose its shine. Avoid wearing bronze jewelry in the shower or while swimming, and dry it thoroughly if it gets wet.

  2. Store it properly: Keep your bronze jewelry in a dry, cool place, away from direct sunlight. Store it in airtight bags or containers to prevent tarnishing.

  3. Avoid harsh chemicals: Bronze jewelry can be damaged by certain chemicals, such as perfumes, lotions, and cleaning products. Try to avoid getting these substances on your jewelry, and clean it with a soft, damp cloth instead of using harsh chemicals.

  4. Clean it regularly: To remove the tarnish and restore the shine to your bronze jewelry, you can clean it with a mixture of warm water and mild soap. Use a soft-bristled brush to gently scrub the jewelry, then rinse it thoroughly and dry it with a soft cloth.

  5. Consider professional cleaning: If your bronze jewelry is heavily tarnished or damaged, you may want to consider taking it to a professional jeweler for cleaning and repair.

By following these tips, you can help keep your bronze jewelry looking beautiful for years to come.

How do I clean bronze jewelry?

To clean bronze jewelry, follow these steps:

  1. Prepare a cleaning solution: Mix warm water and mild dish soap in a bowl.

  2. Soak the jewelry: Place the bronze jewelry in the cleaning solution and let it soak for a few minutes.

  3. Scrub the jewelry: Use a soft-bristled brush, such as a toothbrush, to gently scrub the jewelry. Pay attention to any crevices or details in the design.

  4. Rinse the jewelry: Rinse the jewelry thoroughly under running water to remove all soap residue.

  5. Dry the jewelry: Use a soft, clean cloth to dry the jewelry completely.

Note: Do not use harsh chemicals or abrasive materials, such as baking soda or vinegar, to clean bronze jewelry, as these can damage the metal. Also, avoid using ultrasonic cleaners, as they can damage the patina and texture of the bronze.

If the bronze jewelry is heavily tarnished, you can use a commercial bronze cleaner that is specifically formulated for this purpose. Be sure to follow the instructions on the cleaner carefully and use it in a well-ventilated area. After cleaning, rinse and dry the jewelry as described above.

With proper care and cleaning, your bronze jewelry can maintain its appearance and last for many years to come.

What should I avoid when cleaning bronze jewelry?

When cleaning bronze jewelry, it's important to avoid certain materials and methods that can damage the metal or any gemstones that may be present. Here are some specific things to avoid:

  1. Do not use harsh chemicals, as they can discolor or damage the bronze.

  2. Avoid using abrasive materials such as steel wool or harsh scrubbing pads, as they can scratch the surface of the bronze.

  3. Do not use hot water, as it can cause the bronze to expand and warp.

  4. Avoid using ultrasonic cleaners, as they can damage certain types of gemstones that may be set in the bronze.


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