(St. Louis, MO)
I have some copper bracelets that I've kept in my jewelry box for a while and they've turned dark brown. How can I clean them?
Stacy's Answer:Ellen, pure copper will patina over time, getting darker and can eventually turn a lovely green color. To restore your dark copper jewelry to it's original bright finish, gently buff with a very fine steel wool (available at most home improvement centers.) This will highlight only the high areas of your jewelry. Rinse away any fine steel residue. You may leave this brushed finish or polish it with a jewelry polishing cloth, buffing to a bright shiny finish.
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