True brass is an alloy of copper and zinc, which means it tends to oxidize quickly when exposed to air, resulting in some kind of discoloration. Safe corrosion of brass is usually reddish, black to brown or green to blue. This natural patina is safe and usually occurs even if the brass has been kept clean and dry. Luckily, this natural patina on your piece can easily be cleaned to restore your piece to its original luster. For water spots or a deep cleaning, use a mixture of baking soda and lemon and let sit for 15 minutes and buff with your polishing cloth. 


Brass is extremely durable and is great for everyday use. Your brass piece will develop a natural patina over time. A cleaning cloth is included with every order to return your piece to its original luster. For water spots or a deep cleaning, use a mixture of baking soda and lemon and let sit for 15 minutes and buff with your cleansing cloth. You can watch the video here for a tutorial on how to care for your piece.


Keep in mind that salt will tarnish brass quicker, so we recommend staying away from sea salt hair sprays when wearing the Brass Hairpins (like the Luna Barrette and Eclipse Hair Pin), as it will hasten oxidation and tarnishing.