Brass, renowned for its copper-based composition, ranks among the most enduring metals known. When stored and cared for properly, brass can withstand the test of millennia. Its inherent resistance to corrosion and rust ensures that it endures even through regular wear, making brass jewellery a durable companion that may well outlast its owner.
Certain conditions can challenge the longevity of brass. These include exposure to ammonia, moisture, acidic substances, and salty environments. Similarly, chemicals found in deodorants, perfumes, and skin moisturisers can affect brass. To maintain the longevity of your brass jewellery, we recommend storing it in a dry, preferably airtight container, pouch, or box when not in use.
When freshly crafted, brass jewellery boasts a captivating golden shine, creating stunning adornments. Over time, brass naturally develops a charming vintage patina. While some may appreciate this aged aesthetic, others may prefer to restore their brass jewellery to its original brilliance through a simple polishing process.
Here's how to effectively polish brass and copper jewellery using common household items:
- Gather vinegar, salt, flour, warm water, and a small bowl.
- Combine 1 teaspoon of salt and ½ cup of vinegar in the bowl, ensuring the salt fully dissolves in the vinegar.
- Add the flour to create a paste-like substance, thoroughly mixing it into the solution.
- Rub this paste onto your jewelry, ensuring all surfaces are covered.
- Allow the item to sit for 10 minutes, then rinse it with warm water.
- Dry the jewellery promptly with a clean cloth to prevent moisture from triggering tarnishing.