It is our desire that your adornments are items you are comfortable to wear every day, and with that in mind we are conscious in using the highest quality metals we can find. However to ensure your jewellery endures the test of time we would like to inform you a little about the metals we choose, and why, and also give some guidelines on correct care for your ADORN jewellery.
Our brass material is 60% recycled and carefully produced in a privately owned factory that concentrates on the production of high quality specialty brasses. Formulated and fabricated exclusively for jewellery purposes. This helps us to avoid many of the quality and tarnishing issues many people experience from brass. We must remember though that even the very best brasses will tarnish faster than precious metals, mainly because of the high copper content, any surface tarnishing though can be easily removed by buffing regularly, which shines your jewellery at the same time!
If contact with perfumes or cosmetics may occur we do recommend a trial test before wearing, and also be aware that any tarnish is non toxic, and in fact the oxidation of copper on your skin may in fact have de-toxification benefits for your health!
The brass pieces are made of an alloy consisting of 30% bronze which is a combination of copper and tin. Together with 60% recycled sterling silver and around 5% recycled 14 karat yellow gold, it's durable and easy to care for.
With proper attention, these pieces will last for years to come. However, due to the copper content in these pieces, there is a greater chance of oxidation when in contact with the natural oils within our skin, leaving a light greenish color of copper carbonate on the skin (it’s not harmful, don’t worry!).
Expect this in warm weather, particularly when wearing a tight ring that doesn’t allow for air circulation between the skin and metal. Due to the higher reactivity of metals such as copper, brass jewellery is more likely to tarnish over time. Keep your brass pieces looking shiny and clean by regularly polishing with a non-abrasive cloth.
Read more here in our Care Guide.