Treat your Knuckle Kiss Jewelry as you would any fine jewelry! Here are some tips to help you keep your jewelry in top shape.
All raw, un-plated brass will develop a surface patina (aka oxidation) over time. Some wearers love the aged, vintage look of oxidized brass, but restoring the jewelry to its original finish is easy.
For general cleaning, gently polish your piece with a jewelry polishing cloth, such a Sunshine brand polishing cloths.
You can also clean your brass pieces using common household ingredients. Here are some favorite methods:
- Gently buff your jewelry with steel wool. The fine fibers of the steel wool will loosen as you clean, so work over a sink or garbage can to avoid a mess.
- Using your fingers, a soft cloth, or a soft-bristle toothbrush, gently cleanse your piece with one of the solutions below:
- Lemon juice or vinegar + baking soda
Allow the solution to sit for a few minutes before rinsing and patting dry. For heavily tarnished pieces, you may need several cleaning sessions to fully remove the oxidation.
- Commercial brass cleaners might work fine on your piece, but we don’t use them in the shop and cannot be responsible for damages your jewelry might incur. Be especially weary of commercial cleaners if your piece contains stones, oxidation, enamel, plating, or mixed metals.
Did you know Nickel silver (aka German Silver) doesn’t actually contain silver? This alloy is made of copper, nickel, and zinc. Though it doesn’t contain a precious metal, we still love its silvery, matte luster!
As with brass, keep your nickel pieces away from water. Minimize contact with oxidizing substances, such as makeup, hairspray, and lotions. Nickel pieces can be cleaned with a jewelry polishing cloth or fine steel wool.
To clean your sterling silver jewelry, gently buff with a jewelry polishing cloth. We also recommend occasionally washing your piece with warm water and mild soap. Pat dry after washing.
You can also try this handy experiment, which uses a chemical reaction to remove the surface oxidation from your piece!
- Pour very hot water into a bowl (or microwave water until hot).
- Submerge a piece of aluminum foil into the water.
- Sprinkle a little baking soda onto the foil.
- Submerge your tarnished silver jewelry into the water; the piece should touch the aluminum.
- The solution will immediately begin to remove the oxidation! Extremely tarnished pieces may take a little longer. Do not use this method on oxidized sterling silver.
OXIDIZED STERLING SILVER
Oxidized sterling has been dipped in a special solution to create an aged, patina’d look. This darkened effect may fade over time as you handle and wear your jewelry.
To clean, very lightly and gently buff with a jewelry polishing pad or other soft cloth, taking care not to completely remove the darkened finish. Avoid commercial solutions and cleaners, as they will prematurely strip the oxidation.