FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT 

BRASS JEWELRY



Welcome to our brass FAQ! We'll cover some of the most commonly asked questions about brass and tips and tricks for caring for your brass jewelry.


WHAT IS A BRASS FINISH?



A brass finish is a type of plating or coating applied to a metal surface to give it the appearance of brass. You can use several different methods to apply a brass finish, such as electroplating, hot-dip plating, or vacuum metallization. The choice of method will depend on the type of metal coating and the finished product's desired properties.


IS ALL BRASS YELLOW?



No, brass is not always yellow. The color of brass depends on the proportions of zinc & copper in the alloy mixture. Yellow brass is the most common type, but you can also make it into red or brown brass.

The color of brass varies from a dark reddish-brown brass to yellow brass to a light silvery yellow depending on the amount of zinc present; the more zinc, the lighter the color.

 

IS BRASS COPPER?



No, brass & copper are different metals; Brass & copper are both reddish in color, but that is where the similarities end.


Copper is a pure metal, while brass is an alloy of mixed metals, copper and zinc.


Brass and copper are similar in appearance, yet they have different properties. Brass and copper are tough metals, but the alloy brass is stronger and harder than copper, yet it is also more brittle.


Copper is more malleable than brass, meaning it can be drawn into wire or made into thin sheets without breaking. It is also more resistant to corrosion than brass.


DOES BRASS NEED TO BE PLATED?



Brass does not need plating. Lacquered Brass is beneficial for two reasons: to change the brass's appearance or protect it from corrosion. If you expose the brass to moisture or other corrosive elements, it is better to wear lacquered brass because it is more resistant to corrosion thanks to its protective metal coating.


WHY GOLD PLATE BRASS?



  • First, brass plated gold is an inexpensive way to add the look of gold to brass jewelry and other items.
  • Second, brass plated gold is durable and less likely to tarnish or discolor.
  • Third, it provides a hypoallergenic layer that protects from possible skin reactions to the base metal.


IS BRASS PLATED WITH GOLD GOOD?



Yes, brass plated with gold is good! It is a great way to add a touch of luxury to your jewelry collection. Brass plated with gold is also very durable, so you won't have to worry about it tarnishing quickly.


IS GOLD-PLATED BRASS BETTER?



Gold brass jewelry has a layer of gold on top of it, giving it a more luxurious look. Yes, it is better than uncoated brass because the gold plating will protect the brass from tarnishing.


However, gold brass jewelry is not as durable as solid gold jewelry and can tarnish over time.

 

IS RHODIUM PLATING ON BRASS GOOD?



Rhodium plating on brass is good for a few reasons. Rhodium is a precious metal that is more expensive than gold so it can give brass jewelry a more luxurious appearance. Rhodium is also very resistant to corrosion, so it can help protect the brass from tarnishing.

 

WHY NICKEL-PLATE BRASS?



Nickel-plated brass is brass coated with a thin layer of nickel. Nickel-plated brass is usually electroplated to give it a shiny, corrosion-resistant finish.


However, nickel-plated brass is more likely to cause an allergic reaction in some people, so it is not always the best choice for jewelry. If you are concerned about nickel allergies, you can choose brass plated with another metal, such as 18k gold or rhodium.

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFFERENCE BETWEEN BRASS AND BRONZE?



Brass and bronze are both alloys of copper, but they contain different metals as their primary alloying element. Brass is an alloy of zinc & copper, while the alloys in bronze are copper and tin. The different proportions of these two metals result in alloys with different properties. For example, the alloy brass is stronger than bronze, but the alloys in bronze more corrosion-resistant. Each alloy is used for different purposes, depending on desired properties.


HOW HARD IS BRASS?



The hardness of brass depends on the proportions of copper & zinc in the alloy. For example, adding more copper to the alloy increases the hardness of brass, while adding more zinc makes the brass softer.

Soft brass isn't necessarily bad, as soft brass metal is more malleable, making it easier to shape into more intricate jewelry designs.


The choice of alloy will depend on the desired properties of the finished product.

 

IS BRASS JEWELRY DURABLE?



Yes, brass jewelry is durable. Brass is a strong and durable metal that can withstand everyday wear and tear. However, like all metals, brass can tarnish over time. Therefore, to keep your brass jewelry looking its best, we recommend cleaning it regularly with a soft cloth and avoiding contact with harsh chemicals or cleaners.


WHAT IS AN ALLOY OF BRASS?



An alloy of brass is a secondary metal used to create brass jewelry such as copper & zinc. You can vary the ratio of these two elements to create a range of different types of brass, each with its own unique properties. For example, adding more zinc to the brass alloy creates a harder, stronger version of brass, while adding more copper makes the brass more ductile and corrosion-resistant.


A few characteristics that can be manipulated by adding brass alloys in small percentages are:


  • Softness
  • Malleability
  • Hardness
  • Color
  • Resistance to Corrosion
  • Stability


Alloys of brass with other metals can also be created, such as bronze (copper and tin) and gunmetal (copper, tin, and zinc). These brass alloys can be used for a variety of different purposes, depending on the properties that they possess.


DOES UNLAQUERED BRASS TARNISH?


Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc; like all other alloy metals, it will tarnish over time.


Brass jewelry tarnish occurs when the copper within the metal. When the copper contacts oxygen, it forms a patina or a thin layer of copper oxide. Patinated brass accelerates with moisture, so if you live in a humid climate, tarnished brass jewelry will occur quicker than if you live in a dry climate.


The good news is that you can easily clean tarnished brass jewelry with a little bit of elbow grease and the right products.


DOES BRASS TARNISH EASILY?



No, as long as the brass jewelry is protected from tarnishing by coating it with a clear lacquer, high karat gold (18k and above), rhodium, etc.


DOES BRASS JEWELRY RUST?



Brass jewelry is a popular choice for many people because of its beautiful golden color, however, some people worry that brass jewelry will rust over time.


While it is true that brass can tarnish over time, it is not likely to rust. Rusting occurs when oxygen reacts with iron to form iron oxide, a reddish-brown substance. Brass does not contain iron, so it cannot rust.


DOES BRASS LOOK LIKE GOLD?



Brass is an alloy of zinc & copper, and it does indeed have a yellowish color that can make it resemble gold. However, brass is usually less lustrous than gold and has a distinctly different appearance.


IS BRASS WATERPROOF?



No, brass is not waterproof. If brass gets wet, it can corrode and discolor the metal. Hence, when wearing brass jewelry or other items, it is best to avoid swimming pools, hot tubs, and the like. If your item does get wet, dry it off as soon as possible with a soft, lint-free cloth.


IS BRASS SAFE FOR EARRINGS?



Yes, brass is considered safe for wear in earrings. However, some people may be allergic to it. If you experience any irritation or discomfort after wearing brass earrings, discontinue use and consult a physician.


You can take a few steps to prevent an allergic reaction to your brass earrings.


  1. Ensure that the earrings consist of pure brass, or copper-free or nickel-free brass, depending on the brass alloy you are allergic to.
  2. Avoid wearing them if your skin is broken or irritated.
  3. You can coat the backs of your brass earrings with clear nail polish to create a barrier between your skin and the metal.


CAN YOU WEAR BRASS JEWELRY EVERY DAY?



If you're anything like us, you love brass jewelry. It's just so dang pretty! But can you wear it every day? Well, that depends on a few things. First, let's talk about the type of brass jewelry you have. If you have a piece coated in a clear lacquer or high karat gold, then you're good to go! This means that it won't tarnish quickly and will be much easier to keep clean.


However, if you have unlacquered brass jewelry, you'll need to take a little more care with it. We would not suggest wearing unlacquered brass pieces daily, as it easily tarnishes.


We also recommend that you always take off your brass jewelry before you shower or swim and avoid getting any lotions or perfumes on it. These can all cause the brass to tarnish.


CAN I CLEAN BRASS WITH AN ULTRASONIC CLEANER?




The ultrasonic cleaning of brass uses sound waves to clean brass objects. The high-frequency sound waves create millions of tiny bubbles that gently lift contaminants away from the object's surface.


The ultrasonic cleaning of brass is gentle and effective, and you can use it on various brass items. However, it is vital to dry the brass as quickly as possible, to prevent the formation of water spots that could lead to corrosion of the brass over time.


HOW TO CLEAN BRASS JEWELRY?



This is our first home remedy to clean brass jewelry.


You will need:

1 part vinegar

1 Tablespoon of Salt

Flour

Water


Directions:

1. Combine the vinegar, salt, water, and enough flour to create a paste in a bowl and stir until the salt dissolves.


2. Soak your brass jewelry in the mixture for a few minutes.


3. Rinse the jewelry with clean water and dry with a soft cloth.


4. Repeat as needed to remove all the tarnish.


5. Store your brass jewelry in a cool, dry place.



This is our second home remedy to clean brass jewelry.


You will need:

Hald a Lemon

1 Tablespoon of Salt

Sponge


Directions:

1. Squeeze half of a lemon onto a sponge and sprinkle salt on top.


2. Rub the sponge over the surface of the brass and then rinse it with clean water.


3. Allow the brass jewelry to air dry.


HOW TO CARE FOR BRASS JEWELRY?



Caring for brass jewelry is important to keep it looking its best.


Here are a few tips:


1. Store your brass jewelry in a cool, dry place.


2. Avoid exposure to water, perfume, and other chemicals.


3. Clean your brass jewelry with a soft cloth.


4. Repeat as needed to remove all the tarnish.


5. Store your brass jewelry in a cool, dry place.


With these tips, caring for brass jewelry is easy and will help keep your jewelry looking its best.


HOW CAN I PREVENT BRASS TARNISH?




The best way to keep your brass looking great is to prevent tarnish from settling in. You should keep all brass jewelry away from liquids and moisture. Wearing brass jewelry in the shower or bath is not recommended.


When washing your hands with soap and water, be sure to rinse them thoroughly. Make sure your hands are completely dry, and if you're wearing brass jewelry, such as rings or bracelets, make sure those are also dry. Remove any brass jewelry, such as rings or bracelets, before handwashing.


Chemicals can seriously harm your jewelry. If you notice that your brass jewelry is beginning to wear, you should treat it more carefully and try not to wear it as frequently. Brass jewelry can tarnish and wear down from our skin's oils.


Avoid getting your brass jewelry wet. Perfume, lotion, handwashing, and sweating can wreak havoc on your brass jewelry. The humidity in the air causes the brass metal to oxidize. If your brass jewelry gets wet, thoroughly dry it as soon as possible.


The humid air in the room where you keep your brass jewelry may cause it to tarnish faster. You should store brass jewelry in anti-tarnish bags. Always store your brass jewelry in anti-tarnish bags to reduce exposure to sunlight and air. Simply squeeze out the excess air before sealing the bag and storing it in your drawer.


Using a dehumidifier in damp areas can assist in reducing moisture levels. Brass jewelry can tarnish in moist conditions. Sulfur in the air will also contribute to this tarnishing.


Maintaining your brass jewelry on a regular basis will help to prevent oxidation and tarnishing. Whether you have antique or new brass jewelry, you'll need to invest in a quality brass polishing cloth to use regularly.


CAN BRASS BE RECYCLED?




Recycling brass
is important because it conserves resources and energy. Recycling brass is done over and over again without losing its quality. In fact, brass recycling is so efficient that about 90% of all brass ever produced is still in use today.


Brass recycling starts by sorting brass into different grades. The most common grades are yellow brass, red brass, and green brass. Red brass is the most valuable because it contains the highest proportion of copper.

Once the sorting is done, it is cleaned and melted down, and the molten brass is poured into molds to create new products.


Recycling brass conserves resources and energy because it takes less energy to melt down and recycle brass than it does to mine and process new copper.


HOW DOES BRASS AGE?



Brass is an alloy of copper & zinc, and like all metal objects, it will eventually start to show signs of wear and tear. The good news is that brass can age gracefully, developing a beautiful patina over time. Patinated brass has a beautiful antique or vintage look.


WRAPPING UP



Thanks for reading our FAQ about brass. Hopefully, this has helped to clear up any questions you may have had about this versatile and beautiful metal. As always, if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us. Thanks again!