Brass is a popular metal alloy used in jewellery. The metal is similar to bronze and exhibits a yellowish gold colour tone. Its remarkable characteristics like strength and durability make it ideal for shaping into very complicated ornamental designs. Brass has numerous applications due to its physical properties and resemblance to gold.
Brass is an alloy of zinc and copper. The proportions of mixing zinc and copper for making brass varies according to the purpose of use. A composition of almost 60% to 70% of copper and the remaining percentage of zinc makes it favourable for making durable ornaments. Such a proportion has greater corrosion resistance.
We can spot brass ornaments in all forms of jewellery, such as rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, statement jewellery items and other minimalist designs. Stud earrings and cuff earrings made from brass are popular for their beauty and vintage touch. The metal provides secure settings for holding all forms of gemstones.
Properties and benefits of brass jewellery:
There are a few factors that you should consider while wearing brass jewellery. Brass is a metal that tarnishes over time and loses its lustre and gleam. The surface of this metal can develop a green coloured natural tarnish known as patina. Patina is formed when copper content in brass reacts with oxygen. The copper content of brass may also react with acids in your body and get oxidized, which can turn your skin green.
Maintaining brass jewellery
Under proper maintenance and care, these ornaments can last for a longer time. Coating clear nail polish on the inner side of the ornament might help in preventing oxidation. You can also minimize oxidation by taking the jewellery off at night and cleaning it every day. For preventing abrasion, it is better to avoid abrasive items and use a soft brush or cloth for cleaning purposes.
Washing your brass ornaments regularly in warm water and soap will keep them shining. To clean tarnished brass, you may use cleaners that have acid content such as lemon or vinegar.