When exposed to the elements, precious metals will oxidize and tarnish over time and that’s okay. It means you’ve made your jewelry part of your everyday life. Some people like the darker patina. However, if you want it to shine like new we suggest the following:
Caring for your brass jewelry:
- Remove jewelry before bed, exercise, and swimming.
- Avoid contact with lotions, hair spray and perfume.
- When possible, avoid contact with water.
- Clean and polish to restore shine. There are many over the counter brass cleaners available but be careful which type you chose and use sparingly as some contain harsh chemicals that can actually damage your jewelry. Our brass bomb jewelry is from recycled brass so it may contain a small amount of other metal components. If you use a metal cleaner, first test a small area on the back side. Avoid getting any cleaners on stones.
- You can also use alternative natural methods with things you probably already have in your kitchen. One method is mixing lemon juice and baking soda into a paste and polishing with a soft cloth. You can also cut a lemon in half, remove the seeds, coat the lemon with table salt and rub it over the surface of the brass. Buff the surface with a soft cloth. Avoid abrasive scrubbing cloths and brushes. These will scratch the surface.
- Whatever method you chose, make sure you rinse and dry thoroughly.
Caring for your silver jewelry:
- Wear your silver jewelry often. The oils in your skin actually help keep it looking shiny.
- Polish with a soft cloth. Avoid abrasive scrubbing cloths and brushes. These will scratch the surface. Cotton buds are great for getting into small crevices. Never use chemical dips. They can damage jewelry.
- Store in an airtight bag.