Caring For Your Piece
Store jewelry in a jewelry box or baggy. Somewhere dry is preferable.
Do not store in bathroom as the moisture in there can cause faster oxidization.
Make sure to remove your jewelry before showering or swimming. Never immerse in water. If you do dry them immediately. The patina is water resistant, but is not water proof.
Make sure to remove your items before sleeping, playing sports, any physical activity, working on anything that it can get caught in etc. This way you do not have a chance of losing it or ruining it.
Cleaning & Polishing Your Piece
I suggest using a propolish pad or a soft polishing cloth comparable to a propolish pad. My favorite go to is propolish pads as they do an awesome job and are quick and easy to use.
Otherwise if you would prefer I can do it for you, I provide this service for free.
Do not clean your pieces with any harsh chemicals or liquid cleaners, doing so can ruin the patina.
While I provide helpful info on how to care for your pieces, from polishing it up, to things to avoid I want you to know that if you ever want you are more than welcome to send piece back to me for freshening up or repairs. I don't charge for the ink, or polishing or for my time to provide these services. I even pay to ship it back to you.
The only costs involved is the shipping to send item(s) to me.
I want you to be able to treasure your piece for years to come, so this is my way of helping you to be able to do so.
Oxidization (tarnish) is a natural occurance with some raw metals, and will vary due to a number of factors, such as: care of piece, storage of piece, persons skin ph level and how your body reacts to metal, substances that get on it (i.e. lotions, oils, perfumes etc), where you live (i.e. living near salt water or in a more humind climate) etc. All this affects how metal will oxidize.
Nugold, brass, copper, pewter, alloy and sterling silver will all oxidize.
-Copper seems to oxidize the fastest and will turn anywhere from deeper brown, to black to green in coloring. Think of how a penny looks when it is new vs older.
-Nugold and brass seem to turn a deeper yellow or gold in color, sometimes brownish.
-Pewter and alloys seem to get darker grey or black in color. Pewter also typically reacts with peoples skin, leaving it looking gray or black. If this is the case for you with pewter try to avoid it making contact with your skin.
-Aluminum and stainless steel (SST) are known as tarnish resistant metals.
-Sterling Silver will deepen in gray coloring and eventually will look very dark gray/black
The Green Monster
Sometimes when people have reactions with certian metals their skin will turn green or even gray or black. This means you will want to keep the piece from coming into contact with your skin. This is most common with pewter and copper metals or metals containing copper (ie. nugold).
This does not mean there is anything wrong with the metal, it just means your body ph is reacting to the metal or that you may be allergic to the metal.
There is a product called Jewelry Shield that many love using to coat their jewelry to allow them to wear the piece and not worry about it touching their skin.