Be kind to your jewelry. Your one of a kind EMM piece may have been made with natural stones that should be maintained with special care. Avoid banging or dropping and place in a safe place when you aren't wearing them. Remove jewelry when using chemicals and when working with rough materials. Avoid commercial jewelry cleaning products as they will be too harsh, especially on stones. I work with many materials including jewelers brass, sterling silver, gold, and gold filled which has a much higher gold content than gold plated.
Many of my pieces are made with natural brass, an alloy of copper and zink that will naturally oxidize over time depending on your personal body chemistry. Tarnish only occurs on the outer layers of the metal and as it covers the surface. If you don't like the dark patina, try to avoid getting your brass jewelry wet and store in a dry place. Some of my brass pieces have a protective clear coat toprotect against tarnish for longer. If it does have this protective layer I will include it in the item description. You should dry these items carefully if they become wet.
Some of my pieces feature oxidized silver. This is a natural and changeable process. The oxidation may fade or change over time, also depending on your body chemistry.
If necessary, use a soft toothbrush with warm, soapy water to clean your metal pieces. Avoid soap if your piece has opals.
Store your jewelry in a dry place.
Storing in the bathroom will expose the metal to quicker, uneven oxidation and may damage some stones.
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