Many of the pieces you will find in our shop incorporate brass, copper, or German silver (nickel). These metals are non-precious alloys and will tarnish over time due to natural oxidative processes. However, provided with the right care, you can keep them looking good as new.
All of our pieces containing these metals will come with a polishing cloth for regular, general upkeep. We recommend polishing your jewelry on a regular basis and keeping pieces tucked away in a jewelry box or in the original packaging when not in use. We've also found that wrapping in saran wrap or keeping pieces in small zip lock bags slows down any tarnishing.
Whenever your piece needs a bit of extra love and care however, you can follow the instructions below in order to restore its original luster.
Polishing Brass and Copper
Method 1: Good old lemon juice! Using a soft cloth, gently dab some lemon juice onto your piece (metal areas only) and rub until the tarnish begins to fade and you see the metal brightening up again. A bit of salt can also be mixed with the lemon juice if you need a bit more scrubbing power. Wipe with a damp cloth and buff dry. Lemon juice is a common and reliable choice due to its mild acidity.
Method 2: Create a paste of equal parts salt, white vinegar, and flour. Rub this paste onto your piece (again, metal areas only) and let sit for about an hour. Wipe with a damp cloth and buff dry.
Polishing German Silver
Method 1: Create a mixture of equal parts water and white vinegar. Dab this onto your piece (metal portions only) and allow to sit for 30 seconds. Using a soft cloth, rub this solution into your piece in order to lift any tarnish. Wipe with a damp cloth and buff dry. Process can be repeated for particularly stubborn areas.
Method 2: Using a soft toothbrush dipped in a solution of warm distilled water and dish soap can also do the trick. Remember to wipe with a damp cloth when finished and buff dry.