Since most of the components undergo an antiquing process (oxidization), I always suggest taking off your jewelry before taking a bath or shower or going for a swim.
Here is what you SHOULD DO:
Be gentle with your handmade jewelry. Treat it as kindly as you would treat your fine jewelry.
Wear it in good health and smile a lot!
This is what you SHOULD NOT do:
* Do not swim in ocean water or chlorinated water (pool water) while wearing your handmade jewelry. This will damage the beautiful antiqued finish of the metal.
* Don't shower with your jewelry on. While a little bit of water won't harm the jewelry, lots of water might ruin the finish over time.
* Do not attempt to bend or reshape it.