Caring for you Copper Jewelry

Here are some FAQs about caring for your copper jewelry.

Not so shiny anymore

So you have copper jewelry but it has lost it’s luster and is no longer the lovely rosy gold color you love.  Tarnish is a natural reaction for copper jewelry due to humidity, oils on our skin, atmospheric conditions, etc.  Thankfully copper can easily be cleaned and polished so it is rosy and bright again.  I put a wax coating on all of my copper pieces, but over time and with normal wear and tear, this coating will come off.

Cleaners and polishers -

  • Lemon Juice and SaltUse the lemon juice to wet the copper then sprinkle some table salt on the surface of the copper. Using a soft cloth, rub the copper piece to remove the tarnish. A pro tip is to sprinkle the salt on the cut half of the lemon and then rub the copper with the lemon. After a few minutes, the copper is going to be shiny and lustrous. Rinse and dry.
  • KetchupRegular ketchup works like a charm to get rid of copper tarnish due to the vinegar in the ketchup. Squeeze some ketchup onto the copper piece and rub until the tarnish is gone. You can use your fingers, a cloth or even a small soft toothbrush. Rinse well to get rid of all the ketchup.
  • Commercial Copper Cleaner -  I have used Wright’s Copper Cream before to clean my copper jewelry.  Follow the instructions on the product.
  • Jewelry Polishing cloth - You can easily get these at a store or order them online.  They will be useful for your other gold, silver and brass jewelry pieces as well.  It takes just a little bit of elbow grease to get the copper back to gleaming again.  For a light cleaning you can just use the cloth but for more heavily tarnished jewelry I recommend using a cloth after cleaning with one of the above listed.  This is one you can order on Amazon that works wonderfully on your copper and silver jewelry.

My skin is turning green!

So if copper is considered healing why is it turning my skin green?

Actually, it’s totally normal.

Copper reacts naturally with our salty skin, which can be created whenever we sweat. This just means you have to be aware of when you might be working out or in the sun. But copper can also react to acidic environments- and your body acidity is related to your diet. Junk food, processed food, and lots of red meat will make your body acidic.

The more acidic your diet and body, the more likely you are to get sick. 

This can make copper jewelry a terrific way to gauge whether or not you need to change your diet or if you’re just on the cusp of coming down with something. It can be very useful!