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  • Writer's pictureKatrine Høilund Holmgaard

Cleaning, maintaining and things to avoid with copper jewelry

Updated: Aug 17, 2023

How do I maintain copper jewelry?

Copper jewelry can develop a natural patina over time, which is a thin layer of tarnish that forms on the surface of the metal. While some people prefer the look of patinated copper, others prefer to keep their copper jewelry looking shiny and bright. Here are some tips for maintaining and cleaning copper jewelry:

  1. Store your copper jewelry in a dry place, away from direct sunlight and humidity. This will help prevent the metal from tarnishing.

  2. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasives on your copper jewelry, as these can scratch or damage the metal.

  3. If your copper jewelry has a protective coating, be sure to handle it with care to avoid scratching or damaging the coating.

  4. If your copper jewelry has gemstones or other decorative elements, be sure to follow the specific care instructions for those materials as well.

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

How do I clean copper jewelry?

Cleaning copper jewelry is relatively easy, and there are several methods you can use to remove dirt, grime, and tarnish from the surface of the metal. Here are some common ways to clean copper jewelry:

  1. Prepare a cleaning solution: Mix warm water and mild soap (such as dish soap or hand soap) in a bowl or container. Avoid using abrasive or harsh cleaners, as they can scratch the surface of the titanium.

  2. Soak the jewelry: Place the titanium jewelry in the cleaning solution and let it soak for 15-20 minutes. This will help loosen any dirt or debris on the surface of the jewelry.

  3. Scrub the jewelry: Use a soft-bristled brush (such as a toothbrush or a dedicated jewelry cleaning brush) to gently scrub the jewelry. Pay special attention to any crevices or grooves in the design. Be careful not to use too much pressure, as this can scratch the surface of the titanium.

  4. Rinse the jewelry: Rinse the jewelry under running water to remove any soap residue. Be sure to hold the jewelry securely so it doesn't slip down the drain.

  5. Dry the jewelry: Pat the jewelry dry with a soft cloth or towel. Avoid using paper towels or tissues, as these can leave lint or scratches on the surface of the titanium.

  6. Store the jewelry: Once the jewelry is dry, store it in a dry, cool place. Avoid storing it in direct sunlight or humid areas, as this can cause discoloration or damage to the jewelry.

  7. Commercial copper cleaner: Purchase a commercial copper cleaner and follow the manufacturer's instructions for use.

  8. Polish: Use copper polish to shine and protect the metal. Apply a small amount of polish to a soft cloth and rub gently onto the surface of the copper jewelry. Buff the jewelry with a clean, dry cloth.

If your copper jewelry has any gemstones or pearls, be sure to check their specific cleaning requirements before using any cleaning products.

What should I avoid when cleaning copper jewelry?

It's important to note that while these methods can be effective at cleaning copper jewelry, they may not be suitable for all types of copper or copper-plated jewelry. Always check the care instructions for your specific piece of jewelry before attempting to clean it. Additionally, be sure to handle your copper jewelry with care to avoid scratching or damaging the metal.

When cleaning copper 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 copper.

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

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

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


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