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Watching your beautiful copper jewelry discolor can be disheartening. The culprit is oxidation. Chemicals in the air cause darkening when the copper jewelry is stored or even just worn. Wearing your copper beads or copper bracelet in a swimming pool, for example, can cause the copper to oxidize and appear tarnished. This darkening can be removed from your with a good polishing cloth and jewelry cleaner. Or use a mixture of 1/2 cup each flour, salt, powdered detergent and very warm water plus 3/4 cup white vinegar and 1/4 cup lemon juice.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|