Discoloration of brass jewelry on the skin - What you should know
Mar 13, 2023
If you wear brass jewelry, you may have noticed that your skin sometimes becomes discolored. This problem can arise, especially when the jewelry comes into contact with sweat or moisture. In this blog we will take a look at why this happens and what you can do to prevent or remove discoloration.
Why does brass jewelry discolour?
Brass jewelry consists mainly of copper and zinc. When it comes into contact with moisture, it reacts with your skin's sweat glands and forms a green patina. This patina is actually a layer of copper oxide that forms on the skin and discolors the skin.
How do you avoid discoloration of brass jewelry?
- Don't wear your jewelry when you're sweating or in a humid environment.
- Apply a thin coat of clear nail polish to the surface of the jewelry to avoid staining the skin.
- Wipe your jewelry regularly to remove sweat and moisture.
- Use a jewelry conditioner specifically formulated for brass to clean the jewelry and remove the patina.
- You can brush your jewelry with a thin layer of clear nail polish where it rubs off
How do you remove discoloration from brass jewelry?
If your skin is already discolored, there are a few ways you can remove the discoloration:
- Use a mild soap and warm water to wash the skin thoroughly.
- Try to remove the patina with a jewelry cleaning cloth or brass polish.
- If that doesn't work, you can also use citric acid or vinegar to remove the discoloration. Apply the acid to the affected area and let it sit for a few minutes before washing it off.