Did you know high-quality bronze can still turn some people's skin that greenish color? Sounds strange, but it’s true! Bronze is an alloy that contains copper, which can oxidize when combined with moisture, creating patina. This reaction creates that green tint of copper carbonate on your skin after wearing a piece for awhile.
- Use clear nail polish to paint the inside of the bronze ring (or pendant) to prevent direct contact with the skin. Repeat as time goes on!
- A more permanent version of the nail polish method is spraying the piece with clear acrylic lacquer - this will create a glossy coating that protects against UV rays, moisture, and tarnishing. There are many jewelry-safe lacquers, like ProtectaClear
- An alternative solution is car wax! This also creates a transparent, protective layer on the piece. Apply and buff the jewelry according to the wax's instructions.
- Use a polishing cloth regularly to gently remove any oils and residues.
- Regular mild soap and water is the simplest way to get that shine back! Just be sure to dry completely using a soft cloth. A bit of rubbing alcohol is also an easy way to get rid of dirt and residue!
- For an easy "at home" cleanser, create a simple paste using baking soda and lemon juice. After washing and drying the jewelry, rub the paste on and let sit for a few minutes. Rinse and dry! If you don't have lemon juice or baking soda, you can create a similar cleaning paste from flour, a bit of salt, and vinegar.