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
on a variety of factors any anodized material may lose its color over time.
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.
* 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. *