Types of materials and maintenance

Types of Materials and Jewelry Care

Amongst all the items in our wardrobe, jewelry holds a special place.
From sterling silver to brass, gold and stainless steel, jewelry is something we buy to feel special, gift to someone we love or to mark a memorable occasion. Then of course, there are the pieces we buy simply because we like them.

About the Materials

Brass, sterling silver and stainless steel are all alloys but sterling silver is the only one of the three which is a precious metal and that is the biggest difference between them. Sterling silver is made out of 92.5% silver plus 7.5% copper to enhance its strength (hence the term 925 sterling silver). Its high silver content makes sterling silver a precious metal with true value. 

Brass and stainless steel on the other hand, are not as valuable. Brass is made from a mixture of copper and zinc while stainless steel is a combination of steel alloys making them much more affordable.

Jewelry Maintenance

Sterling Silver

Over time you would have to clean sterling silver jewelry with a polish cloth to retain it in its best condition. You should also keep sterling silver jewelry away from the water because it can damage its appearance. 

Treat sterling silver jewelry with care because lots of hard knocks can affect its shape or damage the most delicate parts of a design.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a highly corrosion resistant material. However, stainless steel applications can still remain at risk to surface damage from oxidation, corrosion, rusting, or staining that can occur over the long-term period in harsh environments without routine cleaning and maintenance. 

One of the most effective ways to restore a stainless steel finish is by using vinegar and baking soda. Start by mixing equal parts of water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto the surface of stainless steel material and let it sit for several minutes before wiping it away with a soft cloth. Avoid putting the mixture on other parts of the jewelry piece such as pearls, cubic zirconia and other materials that are not stainless steel.


Brass has many hardwearing qualities and it is more durable than sterling silver. However oxidation means that brass jewelry is not made for everyday wear. Oxidation happens when brass reacts with sulphur in the air. 

Salts, hand creams and oils in your skin may cause oxidation. There are several ways to prevent oxidation with a little maintenance such as applying a polymer barrier or nail varnish on the inside of your rings or earrings, properly storing your jewelry and avoiding contact with water.

To remove the tarnish from brass jewelry you can mix one tablespoon of salt and baking soda with one cup of warm water. Put your jewelry into the dish. The mixture will create a chemical reaction with the foil and bubble as it cleans the jewelry. Rinse with cool water and buff dry with a clean cloth.

Metal Sensitivity

Those that are sensitive to copper or brass should not purchase brass based jewelry and instead opt for our stainless steel jewelry or sterling silver jewelry.

We take no responsibility or liability for any reactions that may take place. It is the responsibility of the customer to ensure all precautions are taken as we are unable to know each individual's allergies and sensitivities.