All metal products are subject to changes in color due to the environment and most commonly oxidation. Other factors that can contribute to the change in appearance of metals are contact with the skin - which has oils, moisture, and other substances. The outdoors can also put your jewelry in contact with moisture, water, and oxygen. When our jewelry changes and no longer appears new or shiny, we simply don't like it. These natural processes don't have to take away your joy!
My jewelry is made of different metals. The necklaces are sterling silver and I have some that are stainless steel. Bangles are stainless steel, but the charms are zinc alloy or stainless steel. All of these metals are skin-safe and that is why they were chosen.
I hand construct each bangle by adding charms with jump rings. After attachment each jump-ring is soldered or "welded" closed to ensure they will stay attached. This is a skilled process that requires that after attachment a heated metal that is liquefied is placed on the ring.
So, I've told you all about the metals and jewelry-making process. Here are ways to keep your charms, necklaces and bangles new:
1. When you notice a gold tint or tarnish to your charms, it will be time to clean them.
2. Dab a rag in lemon juice or vinegar and wipe the tarnish away. You could also use toothbrush and either dishwashing liquid, baking soda, or toothpaste to scrub the jewelry clean. I have found the best cleaner to be ketchup. Cover the charm in ketchup, wait 20 minutes, and wash clean with soap and water.
3. Immediately after cleaning, rinse the bracelet or dip in a bowl of water to remove the cleaning agent.
4. Thoroughly dry. If moisture is left on the bangle, oxidation or moisture will return unwanted discoloration.