Brass is a natural alloy of tin and zinc and will acquire a natural patina over time. The layer of patina is actually a protective layer for the brass. Some people like the natural patina that occurs, however, If you want to remove the patina layer you can take the following measures to cleaning your jewelry:
-Place your jewelry in a glass container and soak it in white vinegar for 30-60 minutes depending on the layer of patina.
-Remove your jewelry from the container and rinse it with warm water. Scrub the piece with an old toothbrush with soap and water. Thoroughly dry your piece before storing.
KEEPING YOUR JEWELRY FROM TARNISHING:
Natural oils and oxygen will naturally tarnish your jewelry, to slow the process of tarnishing you can do the following:
-Wipe your jewelry off after wearing with a clean soft cloth and store it in a plastic bag at all times. If possible, store your jewelry with an anti-tarnish strip.
-Store your jewelry in a dry place.
-keep your jewelry away from harsh chemicals and keep away from any perfumes, lotions, cosmetics, and hair sprays.
The same steps apply to sterling silver jewelry. However, to remove tarnishing from your sterling silver simply use an old toothbrush and scrub with soap and water. If this does not work, use a silver polishing dip cleaner. Make sure to thoroughly dry your piece before storing.
GOLD PLATED JEWELRY:
Our gold plated jewelry is composed of a base metal such as brass or sterling silver (gold vermeil) and a layer of gold by an electroplating system. The layer of gold will naturally tarnish and rub off over time. In order to prolong the process you can do the following:
-Avoid contact with harsh chemicals such as cleaning detergents. Avoid oils, perfumes, lotions, cosmetics, and hair sprays.
-Scratches and wear will remove layers of gold so avoid any activities that will cause excessive scratching.
-Store your jewelry in a plastic bag in a safe and dry place. Do not store with other jewelry as it can scratch the surface.
*If you have any more questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can always re-polish and re-plate your piece for an additional cost.