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HOT TAKE: Gold isn't (always) the best. Brass Benefits

image of a woman wearing three stacked necklaces and two bracelets with a san trenchcoat
Image by Danny Owens

HOT TAKE: Gold isn't (always) the best. Let's talk about the benefits of brass.

I KNOW! Hot take! But,  yep I said it.  Don't believe me? Let me prove it to you.

💡 Did you know


  • a fraction of the cost of gold
  • easy to care for
  • durable, the color will never wear off.
  • the color is equal to 10-14k gold
  • nickel free!

Because of that ↑ all Rebekah J. brass (and silver) pieces are  heirloom quality - and made to last a lifetime (or two!)  

Aside from the quality of the metals there is one other aspect of my work that makes it an open invite to becoming an heirloom...

Each piece of Rebekah J. jewelry invites an opportunity for you to attach deep meaning to them, what a better gift to give yourself and future wearers than something that holds profound significance to you.


Most of the jewelry I create is made from metals that are reactive; meaning they can tarnish and their finish will evolve over time. I LOVE this about metal, but I also LOVE shiny things. It's good to have an easy cleaning technique in your back pocket for when you need to brighten things up! I've got your back! Here's my go to technique:


image of a towel, a can of bar keepers friend cleaner, and a toothbrush laid flat, with an overlay of text that says How to clean your jewelry

This cleaning product (no, this is not sponsored but with how much I use it and recommend it that would be great! hah) works wonders! Shine up that tub, or a stained pot and your porcelain sink when you're done clean your jewels! You'll love it. It's available on most cleaning aisles and will only set you back only about $2-3 for a can. It's available in a premixed wet version, or in dry granules. I've only bought the dry granules for no reason other than that's what we've always had.


  1. Collect all jewels needing polishing.
  2. Make a paste with water & the BKF in a small dish.
  3. Using your fingers rub the paste into the jewelry.
  4. Rinse & dry jewelry WELL!
  5. Voila, enjoy your tarnish free and polished jewels!


Check these babies out! The jewelry on the left is how they looked before and the ones on the right are what they looked like after. I really appreciate and love the deep and dark color that jewelry takes on when it's patinated, so I don't often need to clean my jewelry, but somedays an outfit calls for a bright & shiny piece of jewelry and it's great to have this in your arsenal for a quick cleanup. Just do the cleaning before you get all fancy! 

an image of earrings before and after cleaning. the pieces on the right are shiny and clean and the pieces on the left are dirty


Some things to note about how and why jewelry tarnishes.


Not all metal is the same. Gold is a pure metal. It comes out of the ground and aside from being hammered and melted into shape it's exactly the same element from start to finish. Silver, otherwise known as fine silver, is also a pure metal but it's too soft to be worn, and so other metals are added to make it stronger. This is called alloy. Sterling Silver and brass are alloys, both mixed with varying levels of copper and/or tin to achieve the desired colors and strengths. Copper is the main culprit for tarnishing and oxidizing.


You may notice that jewelry worn on your neck tarnishes faster than an earring might. The décolletage - your neck & chest area - is porous and oily, and often times the metal sits directly on the skin. Versus, an earring which has minimal point of contact with your skin. Versus a ring which gets touched and rubbed on clothing often, and which is a less porous and oily area. Each of these will have an effect on how your jewelry tarnishes.


Keeping your jewelry stored in a dry area will help curb any tarnish. Here's a little pro tip you know those little packets that come inside of products you order or inside a package of seaweed? Those things are MONEY! Keep them in your jewelry box to absorb moisture and keep the tarnish and oxidation to a minimum! Storing in the bathroom is not ideal. (I say as I shake my finger at my own self!) Not only is it typically a very moist area, but products in the air will also effect the tarnish rate.


A jewelry polishing cloth works wonders too! These cloths will work forEVER. They are specifically formulated with a gentle micro-abrasive. It's ideal for gold-filled pieces, and safe for precious metals, base metals, glass, wood, hard plastic, ceramic and mirrors.

We now  jewelry polishing  cloths available - for just $5! Add it on to your next order to keep your jewels looking sweet!


I know my metal allergy friends, and those that love only solid gold, out there are shaking their heads, and I am here for you!

I can have any of my current pieces cast in gold! Please reach out if you'd love something in our collections made for you in gold.   

I am currently pricing select pieces from my existing collection in 10k or 14k gold. If you have a favorite you'd love to wear in gold, hit reply and let me know which piece you'd be loving in gold if I had it!

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