Cleaning bronze jewelry
For a normal clean, nothing beats soap and water! Simply wash your bronze jewelry in warm water and soap, using a soft cloth to gently rub the dirt and grime off the piece. Make sure to rinse the soap off thoroughly before wiping and storing the bronze jewelry carefully.
Using a jewelry cleaning cloth to wipe the items after wearing will minimize tarnish and keep your bronze jewelry free from dirt and grime.
You can do this if you wish to keep your bronze jewelry. A patina is actually helpful in keeping your bronze jewelry from further corroding. The greenish layer can make your bronze jewelry look beautiful and add a vintage charm.
Sealing Bronze Jewelry
You can seal your bronze jewelry to minimize the development of patina by coating it in clear nail polish, car wax or a commercial sealant.
Bronze jewelry and green stains on skin
Sometimes, the copper content in your bronze jewelry can react with your sweat, turning your skin green where the metal touches it. This is not known to be harmful but it is unsightly. It is not an allergic reaction and can happen to anyone without adverse effects. Because copper deficiency is a health issue, some people specifically wear jewelry with copper so their bodies can absorb the required mineral.
If your skin is stained, simply take off your bronze jewelry and wash the green skin with soap and water. It is not permanent and is very easy to get rid of. You can apply some clear nail polish or car wax where the bronze jewelry touches your skin, to prevent it from staining again.