Care Guide

Brass, in itself, has a beautiful gold-like appearance with a vintage touch to it. The biggest concern with brass jewelry is how to keep it looking lustrous and shiny, as Brass tends to get tainted and tarnished over time.

As you continue collecting mog pieces, you will discover that the metal in jewelry has become more and more beautiful through the years.

The reason brass jewelry is more affordable, however, is that they are much more reactive to the elements than fine metals, and can tarnish quickly if not cared for properly.                                  

The non-plated pieces can be cleaned easily to maintain their beautiful gold luster.

Try to avoid contact with water and chemicals (bleach, perfume, bug spray, sunscreen, etc).  This will cause your brass jewelry to oxidize faster(which is better if you like the antique matte look)

The coloring that makes the aged Brass look so appealing is called the patina, and this patina covering is a beautiful but very delicate coat. The cleaning applications you may use for your new pieces may not be suitable for aged Brass, and this may make them lose their “antique finish.”

Understand Tarnishing in mog’s Jewelry

Jewelry ‘tarnish’ is the common name we call the process of oxidation. A layer of tarnish appears when the copper component in brass reacts with moisture and air. Again, this adds to the beauty of our ancient-inspired jewelry. However, regular cleaning can effectively remove this tarnish, restoring the brightness of your jewelry.

Recognize Discoloration in Your Brass Pieces

Almost all mog’s jewelry is made as an alloy containing varying amounts of copper. This is why some  may experience ‘greening’ where the jewelry comes into contact with the skin. This is not a reflection of low jewelry quality, but a chemical reaction happening between the natural oils in your skin and the copper in your jewelry  depending  on the pH balance of your body. The higher your pH (more acidic) the more frequently you may need to clean your jewelry. The good news is it’s a perfectly harmless reaction and fades away. It can also change depending on hormones or diet. Timely cleaning can reverse this discoloration and return the brass to its original shade.

Cleaning Methods:

Lemon Juice Technique:

  • Mix one cup of water with the juice of half a lemon.
  • Add a teaspoon of salt and stir until dissolved.
  • Submerge jewelry in the mixture until clean.
  • Rinse and dry thoroughly.

Salted Lemon Technique:

  • Sprinkle salt on the open side of a lemon half.
  • Rub lemon over brass or use a soft toothbrush.
  • Wash and dry the brass thoroughly.

Vinegar, Salt, and Flour Method:

  • Mix 1 teaspoon salt with ½ cup vinegar.
  • Add flour to make a paste.
  • Rub onto brass, leave for 10 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm water and dry.

Note: Ensure the jewelry is brass and non-lacquered before using these natural cleaning methods.

FAQ’S

Does 100% brass jewelry turn green?

Yes, pure brass jewelry can sometimes develop a greenish tint. This happens due to a reaction between the copper in the brass alloy and the natural oils on your skin, particularly when the jewelry is worn for extended periods.

To minimize this effect, remove your jewelry before showering or swimming, and make sure to dry it thoroughly if it gets wet.

Brass jewelry, while affordable and stylish, has a few downsides depending on your preferences. The most notable is the time to clean it and maintain its brightness. Proper care and regular cleaning outlined above can mitigate these issues to some extent.

Even with minimal care, brass jewelry will likely last beyond your lifetime. With brass being one of the most durable metals, it can last for thousands of years. With proper storage some say it can last forever while maintaining its structural integrity. Brass does not rust and an added benefit is it is resistant to corrosion.

There are a few steps you can take to prevent tarnish on brass jewelry. Keep your jewelry dry and store it in a cool, dark place when not in use. Use anti-tarnish strips in your jewelry box for added protection or gel silica packets to absorb moisture. Regular cleaning and occasional professional polishing will also keep tarnish at bay.

Because of its durability, it is okay to wear brass jewelry daily for people without high sensitivity. It has the added benefit of being naturally antimicrobial and antibacterial. Depending on your environment and activities, regular polishing and cleaning may be needed to maintain its brightness.