Care of Chainmaille Jewelry

Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Niobium, and Titanium will not “tarnish” but will pick up some of the oil from your skin and look dingy. Use a gentle polishing cloth to remove the oil.  Occasionally use warm water and Original (blue) Dawn dishwashing soap. Rinse and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.  Depending on a variety of factors any anodized material may lose its color over time

Raw Copper, Brass and Bronze will naturally oxidize. How much depends on your body chemistry and environmental conditions. To restore it as much as possible to its “original” color immerse it I ketchup to lift the oxidation. Oversoaking will cause pitting of softer metals.  Rinse and dry with a soft cloth.  If you wish, then neutralize the acid in a cup of warm water with a tablespoon of baking soda. Rinse and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.

Austrian Swarovski Crystals have a foil backing that provide the play of color.  Do not immerse in water or subject the backing to scratching.  Just wipe the top with a soft cloth to keep it sparkling.

EPDM (synthetic rubber) is largely hypoallergenic, colorfast, and UV resistant, but it can lose some of its shine and suppleness over time. The best solution is to spray it with ArmorAll on occasion.

Additional Notes:
* Never use paper towels. Use a soft polishing or eyeglass cleaning cloth. *
* Store all jewelry individually in its own zippie bag, away from humidity or direct sunlight. *
* Keep all jewelry away from harsh chemicals. *
* Remember that all your jewelry will last only as long as you care for it, so cherish it like the fine adornment that it is, and it will give you many years of wear. *