Copper Jewellery Care
Caring for copper jewellery properly can extend the life of its shine. One way to help ensure the longevity of your copper jewellery is to keep it away from moisture as much as possible, as this will accelerate the tarnishing process.
Storing copper jewellery (separately) in an appropriate jewellery case with anti-tarnish paper or a resealable plastic bag will generally lessen the likelihood of tarnishing. It is easy to clean copper jewellery and restore its original shine.
How to Clean Copper Jewellery
Some methods work better than others so you may want to find the one that works best for you.
- Commercial jewellery cleaners – The use of cleaning products that are specifically designed for polishing jewellery is quite popular. Since there are many types available, you’ll want to be sure that the one you choose is appropriate for copper.
- Baking soda – While many people frown upon the use of baking soda on copper jewellery due to its abrasiveness, this method works wells for many types of jewellery. Mix a small amount of baking soda with just enough water to form a paste. Dip your jewellery into the paste, lightly go over it with an old, soft toothbrush, and then rinse clean. Dry the jewellery with a soft, cotton cloth and it will restore its shine. You can also use White Wine Vinegar which works well.
- Lemon juice – A solution of lemon juice (just a few drops), a teaspoon of salt, and some water can be used to clean copper. Allow the jewellery to soak for a few minutes in the solution and then rinse clean.
- Tomato acid – This is found in many commonly used kitchen products, like tomato sauce and Worcestershire sauce. While it may be messy, both of these products are great for shining oxidixed copper jewellery. Simply use an old toothbrush to apply the product and lightly scrub clean. Rinse and then wipe gently with soft cloth.