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POLISHING & CLEANING BRONZE

POLISHING & CLEANING BRONZE

Over time, bronze can get dark or dull. It's super easy to polish your pieces up at home, using all natural products. All you need to shine up your brass and bronze jewelry is lemon, baking soda and salt. Try these tricks to shine your pieces:

1. Cut a slice of lemon and sprinkle salt on it. Rub the lemon slice over your piece, rinse with water and dry with a soft cloth.


2. For tougher tarnish, make a paste from baking soda, lemon and water. Use an old toothbrush, cloth or any soft bristle brush to apply the paste. Brush, rinse and dry. 


3. When cleaning and polishing a necklace, be sure to be gentle with the chain.


4. If you're looking for something quick, instant and portable, use a treated polishing cloth.


5. Some of your pieces may have patina or oxidation as a part of the design. Be extra careful when cleaning these pieces, as you may clean away this design aspect. For pieces with black accents in carved/recessed areas, a treated polishing cloth would be your best bet. 

KEEPING YOUR BRONZE JEWELRY LOOKING NEW 

Taking good care of your bronze jewelry will keep it shinier, longer.

1. Never shower with your brass and bronze jewelry on! Water, especially city water, can be harsh on metals. This goes for swimming in the pool and ocean!


2. Put your jewelry on after you apply lotions, perfume, make-up and other beauty products. The chemicals in these products can react with the metals, potentially changing their color and finish.


3. Avoid storing your brass and bronze jewelry in the bathroom. Remember, bronze jewelry + humidity = tarnish. 

4. When you aren't wearing your piece often, store it in a pouch or plastic, air-tight bag, separately from your other jewelry. 


5. LOVE your jewelry! When you're buying quality, handmade pieces, take special care of them. Treat them with respect. 

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