Brass has a warm bright gold-like appearance, when polished it has the same appearance to 14K gold.
Brass is an alloy made of copper and zinc; with varying proportions.
Today almost 90% of all brass alloys are recycled. As brass is not ferromagnetic, it can be separated from ferrous scrap by passing the scrap brass near a powerful magnet. Brass scrap is collected and transported to the foundry where it is melted and recast into billets.
Using brass as a material in my practice has a low impact on the environment and meets the ethical principals of my practice.
A characteristic of brass is that it will naturally tarnish overtime and get a darker, more antiqued patina on the surface.
To best care for your brass jewellery it is recommended to store your pieces in a zip lock bag to avoid them coming in contact with water the oxygen, this will more rapidly aid the oxidisation process. Salty air and water especially will change the patina of brass jewellery.
To bring your brass jewellery back the beautiful warm golden lustre of the material, you can clean with vinegar and warm water.
To add more of a shine and polish to you brass jewellery a product; Brasso can be used to clean and put the shine back on your brass. Brasso has a strong smell, is poisonous and should be applied in a ventilated area.