Tips to clean copper jewelry.
Use a jewelry polishing cloth to clean copper jewelry. Gently rubbing the jewelry piece with the cloth will most often restore the shine. You can purchase a polishing cloth at most jewelry stores.
Cut a lemon in half and add a dash of salt to cut side. Rub the lemon over the jewelry piece. You can also add a dash of salt to some lemon juice (enough juice to coat the piece). Dip the jewelry into the juice and let it sit for a few minutes. Rinse the piece off with water and dry it thoroughly with a polishing cloth. Rub your jewelry with a small amount of ketchup or tomato juice. Rinse well and dry with a polishing cloth. Combine equal parts of lemon juice and baking soda to form a paste and rub the paste on your jewelry. Rinse and dry. Sprinkle some Worcestershire sauce on your copper piece. Rinse well and dry thoroughly. Grapefruit juice, vinegar and anything else mildly acidic will clean your copper, but lemon juice generally works best.
To keep you copper jewelry from tarnishing, store the pieces in a jewelry case or re-sealable plastic bag, and use anti-tarnish paper. Don’t wear copper jewelry in swimming pools or hot tubs. The chemicals in the water can damage your jewelry. Your copper pieces will maintain their luster if you treat them with care: wipe off your jewelry with a polish cloth after you have worn it. You can also clean it occasionally with a mild detergent and water.
You can use commercial cleaner, but before you do, make certain that this products will not do any damage to any stones your jewelry contains. Surprisingly, the tomato acid found in Worcestershire sauce is an excellent choice for cleaning copper jewelry, but it also should not be used with pearls or delicate stones that could not withstand commercial cleaners. Ketchup also does a good job, but it is less convenient to use. You can apply it with a soft cloth or old toothbrush and then rinse the jewelry well, but take the same precautions that you would with Worcestershire sauce.
You can also combine water with lemon or lime juice and a teaspoon of salt, and stir the mixture gently. Allow the items, which should not be in the delicate category, to soak in this mixture for just a few minutes. Then remove them, and be sure to rinse the jewelry thoroughly. If required, you can also repeat the process. Make sure your jewelry pieces are completely dry before you put them away. It’s a good idea to store your copper jewelry in an air tight box or in plastic, re-sealable bags to keep the air and humidity from tarnishing them. Don’t let lemon juice or any other acidic substance come into contact with stones that may be embedded in the jewelry piece.
Use a jewelry polishing cloth between cleanings to keep your jewelry shiny. * The above tips are from www.wikihow.com
The Benefits of Wearing Copper
The use of copper for medicinal purposes is found throughout recorded history.
The world's oldest medical texts, the Eber Papyrus, states, "Treat inflammation
with pulverized copper.”
"Copper, when in contact with the skin, forms chelate with human sweat
(sometimes seen as green deposits) and is thus absorbed through skin."
"Copper chelates are more effective and less toxic than drugs being used to treat arthritis."
Green wrist occurrences vary depending on the body chemistry of the wearer and, if desired, are easily washed off. Many expect an occasional green mark to show that the copper "is working". Copper combines with sweat, and forms compounds called chelates which are assimilated by the body. Green deposits occur when chelates are formed faster than they are absorbed. This phenomenon increases with stress and it can be interpreted as an early warning to slow down.
Here are some tips on cleaning your copper jewelry:
Solid copper will tarnish; some people tarnish it faster than others due to the ph level in their skin and how much they perspire. Cleaning your item will remove the tarnish if desired.
Some people do like the look of tarnished or patina copper and either way the medicinal benefit of wearing it will not change its effeteness by being clean or not.
Cleaning copper jewelry is quite simple.
There are several copper jewelry cleaning methods you can try to get your jewelry shining again. Some methods work better than others so you may want to find the one that works best for you.
TARN-X cleans all types of metal, including copper. Something of this nature may provide more for your buck, especially if you own other types of jewelry (and most people do). It is available at Walgreen's or CVS where the kitchen and bathroom cleaners are located. It works great, it is incredible.
Bar Keepers Friend Soft Cleanser is another easy and efficient way to clean copper, it is available at most stores. Amazing results.
There are also jewelry cleaning cloths available at stores and online that will clean copper easily.
Baking soda – While many people frown upon the use of baking soda on copper jewelry due to its abrasiveness, this method works wells for many types of jewelry. Mix a small amount of baking soda with just enough water to form a paste. Dip your jewelry into the paste, lightly go over it with an old, soft toothbrush, and then rinse clean. Dry the jewelry with a soft, cotton cloth and it is good as new.
Whatever method you decide to use, try not to emerge the clasp in the bowl when cleaning the item if possible.
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