Have you been jewelry shopping lately? Seen a different type of metal with a gold-like appearance? It’s likely to be brass. For decades stainless steel has been dominant in both the home decor and jewelry however there has been a steady shift towards the warmer and softer shades of brass. Key industry players seem to have a keen interest in exploring the yellow metals which were previously less popular.
In terms of history, brass can be traced back all the way to 500 BC and has been used all over the world. Brass has also been mentioned numerous times in religious books as well as renowned writers like Shakespeare.
Due to it’s visual similarity to gold brass is one of the most popularly used metals for jewelry. It is made up mainly of copper and zinc. However, brass can sometimes also contain lead and nickel. It is considered affordable, malleable and durable hence the increased use in the jewelry industry.At Adele Dejak we use nickel-free brass as we are aware nickel can cause allergic reactions to some people. It’s important to look out for nickel-free brass as it reduces the risk of an allergic reaction.
Brass is every jeweler’s dream. Strong and durable but malleable enough to create any type of design. The beautiful warm tones of brass range from yellow to dull gold. Often, large statement pieces are made using brass for a stunning effect. However, you can also find brass in dainty minimalist designs. Brass can be made into all forms of jewelry, including rings, necklaces, bracelets, bangles, and earrings. With proper care and maintenance, brass jewelry can last you a good number of years as it isn’t a brittle metal meaning the risk of breakage is minimal.
Nothing’s worse than having your favorite pair of earrings begin to rust right? You won’t have to worry about this with brass. While you’re at it you can also check off corrosion from your list of concerns.
Already own a few pieces and wondering what proper maintenance would look like? Here are a few tips:
- To restore shine use a cleaner that contains acidic ingredients, such as lemon, tomato or vinegar.
- Avoid using abrasive items to prevent scratches. A soft cloth would be ideal. Dirt reduces the luster of brass so regularly washing your brass jewelry in warm water and soap will keep it shining. Use a polishing cloth to buff the brass and maintain its luster.
Remember there is magic and warmth to brass that is perfect for any occasion.