Storing it in a jewellery box or in specialist airtight bags / pouches will help to reduce tarnishing.
if the sterling silver has tarnished:
- wash in a small amount of luke warm water and clean gently with an old toothbrush and mild washing up liquid
- pat dry or leave to dry naturally
- then polish gently with a silver polishing cloth (these can usually be bought from jewellery shops)
natural copper jewellery:
- same as above
- polishing the copper gives it a great sheen, emphasising the texture and dark / light shades
non-tarnish and enamelled copper jewellery:
- these have a coating and shouldn't tarnish, although the colour may lighten or darken slightly with age (especially if exposed to a lot of sunlight)
abstract glass with plated bail:
- the silver plated bail can be polished with a silver polishing cloth, but with it being plated metal it will tarnish with wear to a dark silver and eventually to a copper or brass colour.
- epoxy glue is used to affix the bail, this type of glue helps to take the impact if its dropped or knocked - rather than the glass shattering - but this can loosen the bond.
- should the glue weaken over time I offer a free re-glueing service for my pendants (for 12 months), you just pay for p&p and if you want a new plated bail attached to the jewelart glass pendant, there is a cost of £3 plus p&p