Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc, resembling gold in color. This material will tarnish and patina over time turning a dark brownish aged color. This look can be just as beautiful as the shiny new brass. However, if you prefer your brass to shine, reference the wear and care instructions below.
Brass is durable, easy to clean, and will last for decades with proper care. One thing to keep in mind is that the copper content of this metal can oxidize in combination with skin oils, creating a greenish layer of copper carbonate on skin. This more often can occur with tight rings worn in hot weather, because of the lack of air circulation between your finger and the ring. Everyone's chemistry is a little different, so the wearing experience can vary.
If you want to create a barrier between your skin and the brass, a clear coat of enamel or nail polish on the inside of your piece will do the trick. In fact, most costume jewelry is already coated in this clear enamel for that reason. We choose not to coat or plate our metal so that you can experience the richness as the metal changes over time.
wear and care
Taking good care of your brass and bronze jewelry will keep it shinier, longer. Wearing it often tends to keep it looking its best, but here are a few tips for long term wear and care:
If you wouldn't put it on your skin you shouldn't put it on your jewelry. Avoid chemicals like household cleaners and liquid jewelry cleaner. All you need is a great polishing cloth, or soap and water. Our favorite method is a little bit of dish soap with a soft toothbrush or sponge (a more abrasive sponge can be used if the tarnish is deep). Wash carefully, then rinse under the faucet and dry with a soft cloth (don't forget to plug the drain first).
Try not to wear your jewelry in the pool, as the chemicals will oxidize and change the appearance of your metals. Try not to sleep or sweat in them either, as this can change the patina on your metals very quickly.
Store your jewelry in a dry place. Moisture leads to tarnish, thus the bathroom is not a great place to store your jewels. To slow down the natural tarnishing process, we suggest a small ziplock bag if your are going to give your jewels a break for more then a few days.