Cleaning and Caring for your Jewelry
Aluminum is a great metal for jewelry. It won't turn your skin green, doesn't oxidize or tarnish, and its water safe. Plus it's so lightweight, you might even forget you're wearing it! Although aluminum is water safe, this can cause the black ink to fade in your hand stamped text and designs.
Brass and copper:
Both brass and copper oxidize to a dark finish. Storing it in a small ziplock bag will slow this reaction. You can restore your jewelry to it's original, shiny appearance with a jewelry polishing cloth. Brass and copper can cause a skin reaction, turning the skin green. Two tips: 1)Be sure to keep the jewelry clean and free from any sweat or oils. Wiping it with a jewelry polishing cloth before and/or after you wear it will do the trick! 2) Apply a thin coat of jewelry wax to your piece. It will prevent it from tarnishing, but it will wear off - so you'll need to reapply every so often.
This works very well. It also prevents your copper from tarnishing and keeps your copper jewelry nice and shinny. Eventually it will wear off (not flake off) depending on how often you wear your copper jewelry. Simply reapply the wax, let dry then buff your jewelry with a soft cloth. - See more at: http://www.oakcitygallery.com/copper-jewelry-facts.html#sthash.CutdC3lf.dpuf
Sterling silver does tarnish over time, but can be cleaned with a jewelry polishing cloth. Storing it in a small ziplock bag will slow this reaction. You can apply a thin coat of jewelry wax to your piece. It will prevent it from tarnishing, but it will wear off - so you'll need to reapply every so often.
Some people are allergic metals used in sterling silver; this can cause a skin reaction, turning the skin black. Before ordering a custom item using sterling silver, it is suggested that you test to be sure you are not allergic.