JEWELRY CARE INSTRUCTIONS
- Handle with care and avoid dropping or rubbing them against hard surfaces.
- Take off your jewelry before applying perfumes, lotions or other sprays.
- Make sure your cream or body lotion is completely dry before wearing your jewelry.
- Avoid bathing or showering with your jewelry on and remove them before engaging in sports and other activities that will cause you to sweat a lot.
- Store them in their original box after use to protect them from scratches and oxidation.
You can choose to have a palladium, yellow gold or rose gold plating finish applied onto your jewelry; If you select the “solid copper” option it means your jewelry won’t be plated.
Plating consists of a thin coating of metal. While most “flash” plated jewelry on the market are plated at around 0.25 to 0.5 microns, our jewelry are plated at around 2 to 2.5 microns.
However, please note that plating still remains a decorative layer of metal that will eventually wear off showing the copper underneath; This does not represent a defect in your jewelry and you can still enjoy your jewelry in solid copper once the plating disappears or have it replated by any local jeweller.
Please, keep in mind that plated jewelry will need extra care and attention.
Following the care instructions above to prolong the life of your plating finish and never rub them too hard as this will cause the layer of plated metal to scratch; dap them gently with a soft cloth or towel.
Any substance that isn’t PH neutral can damage your plated jewelry, like antibacterial soaps, jewelry cleaners and even acidic foods like tomatoes.
Copper is a “breathing” material and it will inevitably oxidize and old through time gaining an always changing and fascinating patina.
You can bring your jewelry to its natural color by polishing it very gently with a jewelry polishing cloth or with homemade remedies like ketchup or vinegar and a cotton pad. After that rinse them very well in water and pat dry.
Please, keep in mind that copper can react according to the body chemistry producing a greenish hue that can be easily washed away with soap and water.
For some wearers this tends to stop happening after a week or two of use. – Anyway this is NOT harmful at all and does not represent a defect in your product – For some, this is considered a sign of the beneficial effect you get by wearing it: copper is a mineral that the human body requires and wearing it can bring health benefits.
Copper is a completely safe metal to wear being it antifungal, antimicrobial and hypoallergenic in nature.
All my jewelry are sealed with a microcrystalline wax which acts a barrier and prevents skin discoloration. This wax will eventually wear off over time and use but you can easily re-apply it at home. There are several metal sealants options in the market. I personally recommend “Renaissance Wax” because it’s easy to apply and lasts a long time but you can use clear nail polish or a clear varnish.