The metal buttons in our jewelry are usually over a hundred years old. Although they have survived the centuries they remain a wee bit delicate.
The best way to protect the value and the unique patina of your antique buttons is to clean them with a slightly damp polishing cloth or soft face cloth.
Our jewelry should not get wet and therefore should be removed before swimming or showering. The antique buttons are generally made from pewter, stamped brass or cut steel, all of which may tarnish if wet.
Note cut steel is not the same as stainless steel.
Also we adhere our buttons to our jewelry with a jewelry adhesive that may degrade and loosen if it gets wet.