About Our Metals & How to Properly Care for Your Jewelry
Sterling Silver Jewelry will naturally tarnish over time if left exposed to the elements. Counterintuitively, the more you wear your silver jewelry, the less it will tarnish. This is due to oils that our skin contains actually help care for the silver. If your silver jewelry does eventually tarnish, it’s an easy fix. To bring silver back to its original state, gently rub it with a polishing cloth.
Brass Jewelry if taken care of properly can be enjoyed and passed down for generations to come. When exposed to the elements such as water, brass will turn to a deeper color (which can be lovely). You can shower or swim in the jewelry but to prevent watermarks just pat it dry afterwards just like the rest of you. Another tip is to store your jewelry in an airtight pouch or dark place when not in use. We love our brass jewelry no matter the hue but we understand if you would like to keep your jewelry looking shiny. You can do this easily with polishing cloths, or commercial products like Brasso. There are tons of DIY chemical free brass cleaning recipes, one of our favorites to keep things real simple is to dip your brass jewelry in ketchup.
**Due to the natural ph balance and oils of skin, some people may experience green discoloration where the jewelry, a ring or a bracelet was worn for a period of time. This is only a natural reaction to natural materials. It happens to some people to varying degrees while others experience minimal or no reaction. The coloration is perfectly harmless. If you experience this with your brass jewelry (mostly observed on fingers where there is a lot of movement) there are product based options if you are willing to perform a little preventative care.
"Personally I save my brass rings for short dressed up outings and keep to silver and gold for the all day everyday rings. Some clients wear their brass rings 24/7 and experience no issues. You just have to try it out to know what you can and can't incorporate into your collection. It's super fun to layer up the brass rings for a dinner on the town!" ~Dante
Cleaning & Polishing Brass
Commercial products we like:
- Wrights Copper Cream
DIY Home Cleaning Ingredients for Brass
- Ketchup - yep, its true! soak for no more than 1 minute at a time. Rinse with water. Pat dry. Repeat as needed.
- Mix 2 parts flour to 1 part white vinegar. Add a pinch of salt. Soak jewelry for 30-60 seconds at a time depending on the strength of your mixture. Rinse thoroughly and repeat as needed. After final rinse, be sure to pat your pieces completely dry with a napkin .
Also try googling "DIY Brass Cleaner"
Clear Coats for Interior of Rings
- Try coating the surface with renaissance wax polish and reapply every so often as needed.
- Some of our customers have tried and love this stuff for preventing brass from tarnishing and reacting to skin chemistry but I haven't tried it yet myself.-
Still have questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we would love to talk with you, always!