How to Properly Care for Enamel Jewelry
Enamel jewelry can be created by fusing glass with copper. This jewelry is fragile. The enamel can scratch easily and the copper can change color. It needs proper care on a regular basis to maintain its beauty. Be careful handling your pieces of enamel jewelry while you are cleaning it to prevent any accidental damage.
Step 1 – Handling Your Enamel Jewelry
Be careful whenever you are handling your enamel jewelry. Accidentally dropping it could cause chips in the enamel.
Step 2 – Soaking Your Jewelry
Carefully place your jewelry in your nylon stocking. Set the stocking of jewelery in a large plastic bowl. Pour lukewarm water over the jewelry until it is covered. Add about three squirts of liquid detergent to the water. Gently agitate the water with the stocking. Allow the jewelry to sit in the warm, soapy water for about ten minutes.
Step 3 – Scrubbing Your Jewelry
Carefully remove the pieces from the nylon stocking. Place them on a soft cloth. Use your toothbrush to carefully and gently clean any stuck on dirt and residue from the jewelry. Be sure to clean all of the fine design work. Rinse the jewelry in cool, clear water. If you run them under the tap, be sure the sink stopper is securely in place. Do not use tap water if your house uses hard water. Hard water can leave spots on your jewelry. If you have hard water, use bottled or distilled water instead.
Step 4 – Drying Your Jewelry
Place your pieces on the soft cloth to dry. Gently pat the jewelry dry with another cloth. If possible, use a hair dryer to dry off any excess moisture. Be sure the hair dryer is set to low heat before you use it. This will prevent any heat damage to your jewellery and any accidental burns to your skin.
Step 5 – Polishing Your Jewelry
Use a soft cloth to polish the enamel and copper. Rub the jewelry in small circular motions until the enamel and the copper begin to shine. If you prefer the patina that can develop on copper, do not polish the parts with copper. Leave those parts to continue their color transformation.
Step 6 – Wrapping Your Jewelry
Place your jewelry on tissue paper and wrap it up before you put it way. The paper will protect the glass from accidental scratches and chips. Place the wrapped pieces of jewelery in a separate storage box. This will prevent them from being bumped against other items and becoming accidentally damaged.
Step 7 – Maintenance Between Cleanings
Use a jewelry cloth to wipe any residue from your jewellery after you take it off. Remove your jewelry if you are using household cleaners or applying hand cream or perfume. Whenever you remove your jewelry, be sure you carefully place it in a secure place to prevent any damage or loss.