Sterling silver, brass and bronze will naturally tarnish and develop a patina over time with exposure to oxygen & moisture. These patinas can be quite beautiful and you might enjoy the look. However, if you’d prefer to keep the original luster, follow the tips below to slow down the patina process:
— Put your jewelry on after you apply lotions, perfume, make-up and other beauty products. The chemicals in these products can react with the metals, potentially changing their color and finish.
— When you aren't wearing your piece often, store it in a pouch or plastic, air-tight bag, separately from your other jewelry.
— Avoid shower with your brass and bronze jewelry on. Water, especially city water, can be harsh on metals. This goes for swimming too.
— Avoid storing your brass and bronze jewelry in the bathroom. Remember, brass and bronze jewelry + humidity = tarnish.
Over time, brass and bronze can get dark or dull. It's super easy to polish your pieces up at home, using all natural products. All you need to shine up your brass and bronze jewelry is lemon, baking soda and salt. Try these tricks to shine your pieces:
— Simply mix a paste of water and baking soda, and lightly scrub with a tooth brush, in a circular motion. For tougher tarnish, make a paste from baking soda, lemon and water. Use an old toothbrush, cloth or any soft bristle brush to apply the paste. Brush, rinse and dry. Remember to be gentile with the chain!
— For a quick and portable option use a treated polishing cloth. These cloths are usually treated with jewelry cleaning chemicals but it is non scratching and works great on gold, silver, brass and bronze.