Jewelry Care

When properly cared for, your Sara Pocius jewelry will remain beautiful for years to come. But almost all metals will continue to develop a patina over time. Many people feel this patina adds to the uniqueness of their jewelry, but any piece of Sara Pocius jewelry can quickly and affordably be returned to its original finish.

Information on Copper & Green Skin

Despite common thought, copper doesn't actually turn everyone's skin green  — it's determined by individual  body chemistry and how long the jewelry is worn. The green color comes from your sweat, skin oils, lotions, etc. interacting with the copper and is a totally natural reaction. This is not harmful to you and is actually sought after by those who believe in copper's health benefits. If this does happen, the green color can be washed off with soap and water or it should fade overnight. 
 
Green skin is more likely to occur where the skin is in constant contact with copper and there is little air flow —most common with rings and copper cuffs. If you prefer to prevent your skin from turning green first clean the jewelry and then apply a coat of clear nail polish to the surface that will be in contact with your skin. I'm also able to apply a longer lasting sealant to your copper pieces upon request  before shipping. Please note that this sealant takes an additional 4 days for application and curing, but it will also preserve the original patina for a longer time.

General Jewelry Care & Storage

Wearing your tarnish-prone jewelry daily can help keep oxidation at bay on many pieces. Just don’t forget to remove it when using lotions, aerosol sprays and perfumes,  going swimming or performing any tasks that may damage your jewelry.

To prevent scratches and limit tarnishing when not being worn, store your jewelry individually in an airtight bag with a piece of anti-tarnish paper. For specific metal cleaning instructions, please refer to the appropriate material listed below.

Antique Oxidized Copper

My antique oxidized copper has a special hand created surface treatment that can accidentally be removed using traditional cleaning methods like treated jewelry polishing cloths and jewelry “dips.” To clean your oxidized jewelry, simply rub with a soft cotton or microfiber cloth lengthwise in one direction. If it’s especially dull or dirty, soak your jewelry in warm soapy water first to help remove any surface residue. Be sure to thoroughly dry your jewelry and occasionally reapply any sealants you've used to protect your skin from reacting with the copper
 

Antique Oxidized Silver

My antique oxidized silver has a special hand created surface treatment that can accidentally be removed using traditional cleaning methods like treated jewelry polishing cloths and jewelry “dips.” To clean your oxidized jewelry, simply rub with a soft cotton or microfiber cloth lengthwise in one direction. If it’s especially dull or dirty, soak your jewelry in warm soapy water first to help remove any surface residue. Be sure to thoroughly dry your jewelry before wearing or storing.