Here are some tips on taking care of your piece of jewellery from Bilberry and Birch.
If possible, keep your item of jewellery in its own box or pouch when you are not wearing it. If you drop it in a larger box with other pieces of jewellery, they are likely to rub against each other and develop tiny surface scratches and abrasions.
Products such as perfume, hairspray and cosmetics can cause silver and semi-precious metals to tarnish, so best to put these on first, then add your jewellery afterwards.
Remove your jewellery before going swimming, as chlorine can also cause discolouration.
If your piece of jewellery has a polished finish, the best way to keep it shiny is to wear it regularly. If you do need to polish your jewellery, use a non-abrasive cloth designed for the purpose. I use one of these, but other types are available, and you should be able to get one from a local jeweller.
Some of my jewellery is sealed with a microcrystalline wax to preserve the finish. If so, this will be clearly stated in the original item description. It mainly applies to oxidised copper and silver pieces. These pieces should not need to be cleaned, but if they do, you can buff them gently with a soft damp cloth.
The wax I use is conservation quality, and very durable, but it will eventually wear off over time. This is only really an issue for copper items, which will oxidise quite quickly once exposed to the air. If you wish to re-apply the wax, the product I use is called Renaissance Wax. The link takes you to Amazon, but you can probably find it in craft supply shops if you prefer to shop locally. There are other options, as outlined below.
Copper reacts with the air quite quickly, and develops a natural patina. It can also turn your skin green, although the residue is harmless, and washes off in water. Some of my copper pieces are sold polished, and unless you clean them regularly, their appearance will change over time. You may be happy with this, or you may choose to seal your piece of jewellery. You can use clear nail varnish, a spray varnish such as this, or the wax that I refer to above.
Be careful when wearing scarves – it’s very easy to catch an earring or necklace chain in the weave when you’re putting them on or taking them off. I’ve lost lots of earrings that way. Similarly, it’s a good idea to take off your jewellery before undressing, to avoid snagging chains and earring wires.
If you are unsure about how best to care for your piece of Bilberry and Birch jewellery, use the contact form to get in touch, and I’ll do what I can to help.
Most importantly, enjoy wearing your jewellery!