How to Care for your Brass, Gold and Silver Jewellery
Like all jewellery, our pieces require a little bit of care and attention to keep them looking as new and shiny as when you received them. Metals, by their very nature, react with their atmosphere and change in tone over time. With these top tips, however, you can maintain their finishes to suit your personal style and preference.
What is tarnishing?
When jewellery changes colour, it’s actually the result of a chemical reaction. On a daily basis, your jewelry is in contact with the oils and sweat from your body, as well as the various chemicals in the air. The metal of your jewelry will be affected over time after long-term exposure to these chemicals, and the surface will begin to form compounds that change the color of the metal.
Unique and attractive in so many ways, brass jewelry only continues to become more popular with each passing year. Brass is a metal material that is widely used by jewelry designers. Because of its colour and texture, we use this material as a base material for our designs. Therefore, you should make sure that your jewellery is properly worn, cleaned, and stored. Humidity also accelerates the rate of tarnishing for all metals. Here is a super easy method that you can use to clean your brass jewelry to keep it well-maintained and looking new!
Simply squirt some tomato ketchup onto your brass jewellery in a plastic bowl, stir with a plastic spoon to ensure its evenly coated and let it sit for 5 mins.
Then rinse, pat dry with a paper towel and leave it to air dry. It will be shiny as new!
Gold & Silver Jewellery
For silver and gold plated jewelry, occasional cleaning with a soft cloth will keep your jewelry shiny and remove the oxidation. However, excessive polishing may rub off or scratch the plating.
I also found a silver and gold cleaning liquid called Dip & Shine in a hardware store where you just dip for a minute or so and remove it, wash with tap water and leave it to air dry.
Storing your jewellery
We recommend storing all jewellery in an airtight box or a soft cloth bag and store it in a dark place.