Jewelry Care Guide: Wearing Copper and Plated Jewelry

How to wear your new Pebble & Stone Jewelry!

Copper has been regarded across many generations and cultures and treasured for its unique characteristics and healing benefits.  

When first created and shipped to you, it can be as shiny and pink as rose gold. Over time with wear, the copper will develop a patina and darken into a warm brown color only then to brighten back up by the acids from our skin.  This process is called tarnishing.

Silver and gold plated jewelry will have a similar effect, however, it will look slightly different as they have their own individual tones.

Some people will notice a light green color in the area where they wear their jewelry. This is completely dependent on an your body pH and whether it is acidic or alkaline. This greening is why copper is considered a healing metal.  It's worn to indicate an overly acid body pH.  Once an acidic pH is realized it is recommended to move towards alkalizing. (A blog post on Alkalizing will be on the way!)

Caring for Copper and Plated Jewelry

1. Cleaning Whenever you notice your jewelry looking dirty prepare a small bowl of warm water and a drop of mild soap.  Submerge your jewelry in the bowl and swirl it around for a minute.  Rinse with clean water and dry completely with a soft cloth.

2. Polishing (only copper jewelry) If you prefer your copper to be bright and shiny rather then tarnished, prepare a cup of lemon juice and add a dash of salt. Dip your copper jewelry into the lemon juice and swirl it around a bit. This will remove the patina that comes with tarnishing. Remove your jewelry and rinse it off thoroughly with clean water. Let the jewelry dry completely before wearing it.  You can also use a jewelry polishing cloth to polish (for your plated jewelry too!).

3. Storing To prolong the luster of your new jewelry store it in either a plastic baggy to prevent air from tarnishing it or in a jewelry box to avoid it from rustling around with your other jewelry.

 

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