There are many ways to clean jewelry but not all methods are appropriate for every metal. Be gentle with your jewelry, especially if you have beads, crystals, or other charms attached. Below are my suggestions for the metals I use in my creations:
Aluminum and Anodized Aluminum
Aluminum is a soft, light metal and requires gentle handling. While it won’t tarnish, oils and dirt will dull the surface of your pieces. Gently clean by hand in a soapy water made from mild, non-lotion dishwashing liquid. Rinse in warm water, pat with a soft cotton towel, and let air dry completely before storing your jewelry.
The color on the Anodized Aluminum rings can be scratched off. Be careful not to rub the jewelry pieces against other hard objects; store separately in a resealable plastic bag or fabric jewelry bag. Do NOT use polishing creams or cloths as this will remove the colored surface.
Jewelry Brass will tarnish quickly. If you prefer the look of the patina, use the soapy water method above. Make sure to pat dry your pieces immediately because brass will show water spots. If you prefer bright, brassy rings, after rinsing away the dirt and oils with soapy water, use your fingers to rub ketchup or worcestershire sauce on the rings. Make sure to spin the rings so you reach every surface. Rinse in warm water, pat dry immediately with a soft cotton cloth and air dry completely before storing.
Air and sunlight speed the tarnishing process of copper. If you like a patina, leave it out for a few days. Otherwise store it in a resealable plastic bag or fabric jewelry bag. To bring back the bright copper color, soak your jewelry piece in a mixture of lemon juice and salt for at least 10 seconds. Rinse away the acidic solution with a cool water soap bath made from mild, non-lotion dishwashing liquid. Make sure to rub the soapy water across the entire piece using your fingers. Rinse with cool water, pat dry with a soft cotton cloth and air dry completely before storing.
Do NOT use the lemon juice on Enameled Copper. Clean enameled copper with a damp, soft cloth. Add a drop of mild, non-lotion dishwashing liquid to wipe away tough dirt marks. Wipe soap off immediately with damp towel. Rinse with cool water, pat dry with a soft cotton cloth and air dry completely before storing.
Does not tarnish as fast as Sterling Silver but still needs minimal care. Gently clean by hand in soapy water made from mild, non-lotion dishwashing liquid. Rinse in lukewarm water, pat with a soft cotton towel and air dry completely. Use a jewelry polishing cloth to bring back the shine. Store in a resealable plastic bag with an Anti-Tarnish tab, away from light.