This post continues my series of Pandora FAQs and How To’s, focusing today on the Pandora Oxidised Bracelet. I’ll be answering all your questions about the durability of the oxidised finish, and offering tips on how to re-oxidise your bracelet at home.
What is the oxidised bracelet / how is the oxidisation achieved?
The Pandora oxidised bracelet is essentially exactly the same as the standard silver Pandora charm bracelet, but with its chain treated to give it a dark, black finish (see above). This finish is achieved by exposing sterling silver to sulphur.
Is the oxidisation a permanent feature?
No – sadly, it is not. Over time, the effect of the charms moving across the bracelet chain and contact with everyday environments causes the oxidisation to rub off the silver chain. It becomes a shimmery, dull grey silver. As a comparison, I have two pictures of my own oxidised bracelet. At the time of writing this article, I have owned my bracelet for roughly eleven months. I wear it regularly – at least a couple of times a week. Comparing the two images, you can see that the whole bracelet is quite a bit lighter now. The most obvious signs of wear on the bracelet are on the threads, which are looking slightly streaky.
How can I stop this happening?
You can’t stop it happening it entirely, but you can help to slow down the process. Be especially careful to keep your oxidised bracelet away from any chemicals, such as hair spray or perfume, and from creams and lotions, sweat and chlorine. The speed of the fading also depends on your skin type – some types cause the bracelet to fade quicker than others.
Can I get my bracelet re-oxidised?
Yes. Pandora do offer re-oxidisation, but at a cost – you’ll have to check with your local store for details. Pandora do not consider the loss of oxidisation a manufacturing fault and therefore you can’t get this done for free, even if your bracelet is within warranty.
You can also try and re-oxidise it yourself at home, using boiled eggs. To try this, you need a boiled egg:
- Take the egg yolk and put it in a plastic food storage container that can be sealed tightly. Break up the yolk a bit.
- Put your bracelet into the container. However, before you do so, make sure that you have covered the clasp up – otherwise this will get oxidised too!
- Seal the container, and leave the bracelet for a day. Check the bracelet to see if it is dark enough – if not, leave it for another day.
- Remove the jewellery! Hopefully it should now be perfectly re-oxidised.
I’ve seen some really good results achieved from this method, so give it a go if you’re feeling brave!
How can I clean my oxidised bracelet?
You don’t want to use a polishing cloth on the oxidised bracelet, as you risk damaging the effects of the oxidisation. Using a liquid chemical silver cleaner will also remove the oxidisation entirely. The bracelet shouldn’t really require cleaning, anyway; the effects of the oxidisation hide the silver chain and any possible tarnish.
That concludes our Pandora oxidised bracelet 101! Let me know if you have any questions. :)