Care Instructions

Cleaning Your Copper

Copper is a reactive metal and oxidizes when exposed to air, water, heat, etc. Oxidization typically will turn the skin a green color if not kept up with regular maintenance. If your copper does tarnish, as it naturally does, you can clean your jewelry using one of the following methods to restore its original shine:

  • ♦ Wash with lukewarm, soapy water. Then, dry & polish with a soft cloth & coat in clear nail polish to protect it & your finger.                                       
  • ♦ Use table salt & vinegar - pour salt & vinegar over your jewelry & gently rub into the jewelry until any grime or tarnishing is removed. Rinse with water & polish with a soft, dry cloth.
  • ♦ Use salt & lemon - pour salt on half of a lemon & rub over jewelry, or pour salt & squeezed lemon juice onto jewelry & gently rub in. Rinse with water & polish with a soft, dry cloth.

Store in plastic bags to slow tarnishing process.

Plated Jewelry

All jewelry is formed in copper through the electroforming process. Upon choosing another finish (rose gold, 14k gold, or rhodium) there will be a nickel barrier between the copper and your top finish. These are plated in a very thick and heavy plating at 3 microns thick. These can be wet and worn daily, and is best to dry thoroughly if exposed to water. When the jewelry begins to wear down to the copper metal, contact me to have it re-dipped. Jewelry cloths are a great way to periodically wipe the chains and charms clean of residue.                                              

HOW ARE THESE MADE?

The process used is called electroforming. It's defined as the process of growing copper onto a conductive surface through electrolysis. The rings and charms are formed in pure copper, and necklace charms use a brass core with copper electroformed over the top. 

Then the pieces are plated in the thickest possible plating of 14k gold, rose gold, or rhodium. THESE ARE NICKEL FREE. 

WHAT ABOUT THE CRYSTALS?

Due to the nature of the stones, raw and natural, we do not offer a guarantee on the gemstones. Some gemstones and crystals are more fragile than others so be careful when wearing them. Even dropping them could cause damage and a single stone cannot be replaced in a design due to the way they are formed. An entire new item would need to be made.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE GOLD FILLED?

Gold fill is an actual layer of gold-pressure bonded to another metal. Gold filled is not to be confused with gold plating as filled literally has 100% more gold than gold plating. Gold filled is much more valuable and tarnish resistant. It does not flake off, rub off or turn colors. As a matter of fact, anyone who can wear gold can wear gold filled without worries of any allergic reaction to the jewelry. Gold filled jewelry is an economical alternative to solid gold!

WILL MY SKIN TURN GREEN?

Copper is a reactive metal and will oxidize when exposed to air, water, heat, sweat, etc. Because my items are made of copper, there is the potential to cause greening. This happens depending on your body's PH level and happens to almost everyone. The greening is not harmful and copper is actually known to have many health benefits.

A few tips to help are to coat your pieces with a clear protectant that you purchase from Amazon called Protectaclear. You can also use a clear nail polish. The best way to prevent this is to choose a plating; rose gold is a great alternative to wanting that pink hue without the hassle of oxidization.

WILL THE PLATING WEAR OFF?

The plating is 3 microns thick, the thickest possible, and will last much longer than typical plating. If the plating ever begins to wear down, contact us and we can re-dip it for you. Or visit your local jeweler. Understand that all jewelry wears down so don't let that stop you from wearing these daily. They can be worn daily and get wet. To help it looking its best, immediately dry after in water and remove for sleeping. Any jewelry cloths work great to bring back shine.