Over time copper develops a patina from oxidation. This natural greening process is not a quality issue, but simply part of the nature of copper. This may be a faster patina process than you would see with other metals. We recommend gently washing your copper jewelry with soap and water and drying with a soft cloth to restore it to its original look.
Copper Care - Rings:
Due to the acidic nature of sweat and other chemicals on your skin, such as soaps, lotions, and makeup, a reaction can occur with copper. A green patina may form on the copper and can be transferred to your skin. This reaction will vary according to your individual body chemistry, both in how long it takes for the discoloration to form and how distinct the color becomes. Some people experience no discoloration at all. Discoloration is most likely with rings, as they are in constant direct contact with skin.
The natural greening process of copper is not a quality issue with the metal but simply part of the nature of copper. This may be a faster patina process than you would see with other metals. Often, wearing the ring regularly will lessen the patina over time, and washing your hands will remove it. Applying a layer or two of clear nail polish on the inside of your ring will seal the copper and eliminate any greening that may occur. This is a very common practice amongst jewelers who make wearable art from copper.
Copper Chain Info:
Our copper chains are electroplated brass, finished with a hypoallergenic coating to prevent reaction with your skin.