Copper, and bronze metal reacts to its environment, so over time the coloration on your metalwork will become deeper and more richly textured. Where your wear your jewelry and how you care for it will help direct the way this finish develops.
Our copper and bronze jewelry has been carefully treated to help preserve its finish. Pieces with a deep or rich patina will continue to develop and change over time based on your experience with it. This is called a "living finish" and it is part of the design.
- Sunshine cloths are a wonderful choice to refresh a shiny polish, but can remove a deeply colored or matte patina. Gently wipe all jewelry with a soft cloth before putting it away. It's not recommended to sleep in your jewelry.
- Always remove your jewelry before showering, swimming, or sleeping.
- Store jewelry separately to prevent scratching and tangling. You can use small boxes, pouches, or compartments in a jewelry box to keep pieces separate.
- Avoid exposing jewelry to chemicals, such as hairspray, chlorine, hand sanitizer, or ammonia, as these can cause damage or discoloration.
- Remove jewelry before engaging in activities that could cause damage, such as sports, swimming, showering, or household chores.
- Avoid using abrasive materials, such as toothbrushes or toothpaste, which can scratch the surface of the jewelry.
- Take care when using ultrasonic cleaners on pieces with gemstones, as they can cause damage to certain gemstones, such as pearls or opals. If you are unsure about whether an ultrasonic cleaner is safe for your handmade piece, please ask us or consult with your local professional jeweler.
By following these care instructions, you can help ensure that your handmade jewelry stays in beautiful condition and will last a lifetime.