Caring for your jewellery
Copper, brass, mixed metals such as shibuichi and to a lesser extent, sterling silver, all react with air to form oxides on the surface of the metal. This is a natural process that changes the look of the metal and can be considered undesirable. Oxidation and the subsequent patina can also add age and character to a piece.
In some cases, metals are deliberately oxidised through the production process so that details are highlighted and the result is part of the attraction of the piece.
To keep your jewellery looking lustrous, use a reputable jewellery cleaner. Home made cleaning solutions using lemon juice, vinegar, baking soda and toothpaste are also an option and there are many references on the internet that provide details on using these. If your jewellery piece is set with stones, be cautious when using these as they can damage the stone.
Store your pieces away from open air and in their own pouch or box. Regularly use a jewellery polishing cloth to keep them sparkling new.