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Aluminum Jewelry Caring Guide
Caring For Your Aluminum Jewelry
Aluminum is a lightweight metal that will not tarnish, rust, or turn your skin green like some other metals. But that doesn’t mean aluminum doesn’t require any care to stay shiny and bright. Keep reading to learn how to care for your handmade aluminum jewelry!
First, be sure to keep your aluminum jewelry away from corrosive chemicals to prevent your jewelry from oxidizing and losing luster. Take off your aluminum rings and bracelets while cleaning, staining wood, or doing other tasks that involve chemicals. Be aware that the darkened stamped areas can fade if your jewelry is worn while swimming, showering, washing dishes, etc. Like all jewelry, it tends to not like water.
ADJUSTING YOUR CUFF BRACELETS
Please read this entire section before making any adjustments to your aluminum bracelet cuffs.
Many cuff bracelets are adjustable thanks to the properties of metal in general. They can be opened or closed up to about a 1/4 inch larger or smaller. Do not put the aluminum bracelet on your wrist and squeeze it. Squeezing the cuff puts all of the stress on the center of the bracelet and can weaken it. The types that are NOT easily adjustable are those that are made from very thick, heavy metal or those with inlaid stones across the entire front and sides. Be very careful when you adjust it so you don’t make it an odd shape or damage it. If you bend an area of your bracelet where there is a stone or inlay, you might pop out the stones because while the metal may be bending, the stone is not, breaking the bonds that hold it in place.
It’s really quite simple. With the bracelet off of your wrist, encircle one hand firmly over the last stone on one end of the bracelet and make your adjustment by bending this portion of the bracelet. Bend gently and adjust a little each time. Do the same on the other side. Remember, some aluminum bracelets are not adjustable at all. Those that have stones or inlay all of the way to the ends are not considered adjustable. Those that are made of very heavy silver would be very difficult to bend and are also considered not adjustable.
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