Copper is an extremely versatile and durable metal that has been used for over 10,000 years. It’s malleability, attractive red-brown color and smooth sheen is one reason copper is so popular as a metal for jewelry.
Why People Choose Copper to Make Jewelry?
Wearing copper ornaments can supplement the copper element needed by the body. Our body has a certain demand for copper if a lack of copper will also cause a lot of diseases. Wearing pure copper jewelry can absorb trace copper through friction between jewelry and skin. Copper plays an important role in the formation of the human skeleton. Copper also has antibacterial properties. Copper jewelry can be used on the surface or woven into fabrics to prevent the spread of bacteria.
Copper bracelets promote blood flow. Our bodies rely on blood flow back and forth to maintain vital signs, but the blood flow of copper-deficient people will be relatively less and slower. There will be a variety of blood diseases, which can be improved by wearing copper bracelets. Wearing copper bracelets can also prevent joint diseases and protect joints.
However, over time, copper loses this luster and becomes tarnished. As it reacts with the elements, copper begins to corrode and develop what is known as copper ‘patina’. This is the green layer that coats the surface of the metal.
There are some simple steps you can take to maintain your copper jewelry to keep it shining through the ages.
Tip 1: Using Lemon Juice and Salt
Using a mildly acidic substance like lemon juice removes mineral deposits from your bracelet, and the salt is the abrasive that rubs it off. You can use a glass container that has lemon juice with a bit of salt— soak your bracelet for 10 minutes, then rinse it with warm water before drying it off with a microfiber cloth to give it back its shine.
Tip 2: Lemons and Limes
For this method, start by cutting a lime or lemon in half. Sprinkle one half with salt and rub it all over the tarnished areas of your bracelet until it’s clean. Rub the piece using the rough side of a sponge, and finish it off with a beeswax polish for a longer shine.
Tip 3:Baking Soda and Lemon Juice
Mix the same amount of baking soda and lemon juice to make a paste, then rub it on the copper jewelry with your fingers or a cloth. For jewelry with concave corners and crevices, use a soft toothbrush. Rinse the paste thoroughly and dry.
Tip 4: Ketchup
You may be surprised that ketchup can also be used to clean copper ornaments! This is because there is vinegar in ketchup. This method works best on small areas that have tarnish. Rub a thin to moderate layer of ketchup over the tarnished areas of your bracelet and let it sit for 15 minutes. When ready, rub it with a non-scratch pad and wash it off completely.
Tip 5: Salt and Vinegar
You can simply pour salt along with white vinegar over your copper bracelet, and then rub it to remove tarnished areas. Then, simply rinse it off and polish using a soft, dry cloth. Alternatively, you can place one tablespoon of salt and one cup of vinegar into a pot— fill it with water, and then place the bracelet inside. Wait for it to come to a boil for all the tarnish to come off, then wash it with water and soap once it’s cool.
Tip 6: Vinegar, Salt, and Flour
Mix one tablespoon of salt and one cup of white vinegar in a bowl, then gradually add flour and mix until it forms a paste. Now, apply the paste to your bracelet and rub it over the tarnished areas. Let it sit from 15 minutes to an hour and rinse with warm water—polish as needed.
Tip 7: Lemon Juice Dip
You can also make a lemon juice dip with some salt (make sure to use a ceramic bowl). Let your bracelet sit in the mixture for 5-10 mins, scrub it with a cloth or an old toothbrush, rinse it with water, and then dry with a soft cloth
Note: If your copper jewelry has gems, soaking in acid, lemon juice may damage your gems. Please skip this method.
Tip 8: Jewelry Polishing Cloth
After you've finished cleaning your copper bracelet using any of the tips above, it's best to polish it using a jewelry polishing cloth. Always use a polishing cloth made specifically for copper.
Tip 9: Commercial Industrial Copper Cleaners
If these at-home methods don't work because your copper bracelet is heavily tarnished, then you'll need to use a commercial cleaner designed for copper jewelry. Simply dip a microfiber cloth in the solution and use it to rub your bracelet gently. Then rinse and dry your bracelet afterward.
Maintaining Copper Jewelry Clean
1.Clean your jewelry regularly. Copper jewelry that is worn frequently should be cleaned regularly to avoid discoloration and
2.Store your jewelry in a cool and dry place. You can put the jewelry in a sealed bag to reduce contact with the air, so as to avoid excessive moisture causing rust and discoloration of copper jewelry.
3.When swimming and bathing, please remove the copper jewelry and keep it dry. The chemical substances in the water of the swimming pool will damage the copper jewelry.