You may find out that there are various kinds of jewelry, such as solid gold, sterling silver and stainless steel. And I’m sure you have ever heard about brass jewelry.
What is brass jewelry?
Brass is an alloy forged out of zinc and copper. Different proportions of the two metals will produce different kinds of brass that range in degree of yellow-color. Nowadays, you’ll see brass used for many kinds of jewelry from rings to bracelets and necklaces because its low price and its ability to easily mimic the lustre of gold by plating.
With similar color and lustre, brass is an relatively durable alternative to gold jewellery, and its budget friendly price range makes it far more accessible than solid gold jewellery.
Jewelry made of brass is a kind of value-for-money accessory. Everyone wants to wear their brass jewelry as long as it can last. But they may take on patina and some areas will turn dull with long time and wear. People often ask: I knew how to clean a stainless steel jewelry or my pearl right now, but when it comes to brass jewery, will be the same thing? So the methods of brass jewelry’s cleaning is also important .
We listed four methods for your reference.
How to clean your brass jewelry?
Preparation for the cleaning: a basin of warm water (not too hot).
Make sure you have these tools: a small soft toothbrush, mild dishwashing detergent or toothpaste, clean soft cloth.
Now you can clean your brass jewelry gently.
Method 1: Mild Dishwashing Detergent
- Mix some detergent in a basin of warm water to create a soapy solution，and submerge your jewelry for at least 10 minutes, then use the toothbrush scrub its surface gently to remove any visible grime and dirt off. You’d better brush it in the direction of the metal’s natural grain with the soft toothbrush.
- Rinse and dry the item thoroughly (Brass is prone to retaining water spots, so you need dry it immediately and thoroughly after cleaning.)
- Pay special attention to any intricate or detailed areas when scrub.
- Avoid using abrasive materials or brushes that can scratch the brass.
Method 2: lemon juice
- Pour one cup of water into a container, add a teaspoon of lemon juice and salt into the water, stir until it dissolved.
- Place your brass jewelry into the contianer for 3-5 minutes.
- Rinse the item with running water and dry it thoroughly.
Method 3: Salted lemon
- Cut a lemon in half, sprinkle some salt on the open side of (the flesh) and rub it over the brass jewelry. You can also use a soft toothbrush to further rub the lemon juice into the jewelry.
- Atter 3-5 minutes, rinse and dry the item thoroughly.
Method 4: Baking Soda
- Add some salt and baking powder in a bowl of water.
- Stir the ingredients until you can make a paste.
- Use your finger to scrub your jewelry gently with the paste for about five minutes.
- Rinse it with running water and wipe your jewelry with a soft clean dry cloth until it shines.
- You can use a soft toothbrush for harder-to-reach areas of your jewelry pieces.
After cleaning, store your brass jewelry in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight, moisture, and other jewelry to prevent tarnishing.
Now you know how to clean a brass jewelry with the four easy methods we listed above. Keep your jewelry shiny and bright like a new one will bring you into a good mood. And it is indisputable that clean your jewelry regularly will lengthen its life span.
Given the grime we mentioned in the article, you may ask:
If I didn’t clean it timely, will it dye my skin green?
Yes. Brass jewelry can turn your skin green due to the chemical components in your make-up, your sweat and the acidity of your skin. The best way to avoid it is to take them off before sleeping, showering, swimming and clean them correctly.
How often should you clean the brass jewelry?
Like all other kinds of jewelry. Use the dish soap cleaning method at least once every two weeks to avoid discoloration or rust. If you don’t wear them everyday, you can clean them once a month.
It is not difficult to clean a piece of jewelry, and if you need to know the ways and steps about how to clean gold-plated/gemstone/tarnished silver jewelry at home, please click the link to get an answer!