Brass is a beautiful, durable, and affordable metal that is a bright yellow gold when polished and oxidizes over time to a rich, darker shade. It has long been prized for its strength and wear in industrial uses and has been used to make jewelry since it was discovered thousands of years ago.
Items that see frequent wear, like rings, tend to stay fairly polished from the oils in your skin and regular washing with soap and water. It is safe to wear your brass jewelry in the shower and while washing hands or dishes, but avoid using hand sanitizer and lotions while wearing brass rings.
Cleaning and polishing is easy with household products, and commercial cleaners like Brasso are safe to use as well. If you want to brighten and refresh the polish on your brass piece, you can use a mix of lemon juice and baking soda, scrub with a cotton ball, Q tip, or soft tooth brush and let sit in the mixture for up to 30 minutes. Rinse with water and dry thoroughly. You can also soak in white vinegar for up to an hour, checking frequently, and then scrub with a soft toothbrush, rinse and dry. When using commercial products, follow all instructions for safety and proper use as listed on the label.
Will brass jewelry turn your skin green? It's possible! Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc, and some people are more sensitive to copper than others. Moisture will encourage tarnishing so drying thoroughly after hand washing or showering in jewelry is very important. You might find that your skin turns green under your piece on a hot, humid day but is fine otherwise. To avoid this, you can paint your item with a coat of clear nail polish and re-coat periodically.
Please feel free to reach out with any additional questions you may have!