Jewelry Care & Cleaning

How to best care for your jewelry. Let's talk about different metals.

 

Brass, what is it?

Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc and will naturally tarnish over time which means the brass will darken as it is exposed to oxygen over time.

We use a lot of raw brass in our work because it is an extremely versatile metal and is very affordable. We believe the patina adds uniqueness to each piece. It is best to avoid wearing brass in the shower and wet climates and avoid leaving your jewelry in the bathroom where there is humidity.

You can shine up your brass using a Sunshine Polishing Cloth.  You can also use over-the-counter products such as Brasso, or you can use a variety of safe and natural cleaners such as lemon and salt, plain toothpaste, or even ketchup to help shine up your metal!

 

14k Gold Fill, what is it? 14k Gold Fill is a high quality, affordable alternative to Solid Gold. There is a solid layer of gold mechanically bonded to a base of brass or silver. The layer of gold on gold-filled items is 5-10 times thicker than something that is gold plated. Gold filled items, when properly cared for, are expected to last from 10 to even 30 years.

You may not find that you need to clean your gold filled jewelry. Try your best to keep it away from the elements. It is best to use a cleaning cloth and/or mild soap and water to clean your gold filled jewelry.

 Sterling Silver can easily be cleaned up with a polishing cloth.

 

Please wear your pieces with care and use the rubber backs that come with the threaders. If a piece is damaged, we do offer jewelry repair. 

Some people like the natural patina of tarnished brass but if you prefer the bright brass look you can take steps to maintain its brightness. 

All of our textured brass components and soldered brass pieces are finished with Renaissance wax polish that provides a temporary protective barrier from humidity and tarnishing.

You can polish brass and silver pieces with a jewelry polishing cloth (we use Sunshine brand polishing cloths).  Also, storing jewelry in an airtight container like ziplock bag or jewelry box and do not leave out in humid areas like the bathroom helps prevent tarnish.  We also recommend not wearing your pieces in water