How To Stop Your Copper Jewellery From Turning Your Skin Green

Posted by sumeet gupta on 21:17 in ,
As copper is a fairly inexpensive metal that is widely available, it is commonly used for the creation of jewellery. As the metal oxidizes, however, it is known to turn the skin it touches green. Unfortunately, this oxidization can be difficult to prevent, as everyday we come into contact with a number of substances that bring this about, including the chemicals in soaps and even our sweat.
To prevent your copper jewellery from oxidizing whilst wearing it, at least for a time, you should do the following:
  • If you are unsure whether you are allergic to nail polish or not, apply a small amount to your skin and leave to dry. If you don’t notice a reaction of any kind (such as a rash, itchiness or hives) you are free to continue.
  • Coat the inside surfaces of your copper jewellery with a layer of clear nail polish. If there are other areas of the jewellery that touch your skin, make sure that you coat these, too.
  • Leave the nail polish to dry completely be wearing the copper jewellery. Keep in mind that this protective coating will wear away over time, so you should reapply the nail polish if you notice the green marks reoccurring.
If your copper or other metals(Aluminium, Brass ) jewellery does leave green marks on your skin, there is no need to despair, as these stains can be easily removed. Simply wash the affected area using soap and water; the marks should lift right off. The nail polish method outlined above should be suitable for all types of copper jewellery, including bracelets, necklaces and earrings.

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