Brass is Back





























Photography: Meagan Weatherby Photography 

Details  Top: Crystal Siemens  I  Skirt: Crystal Siemens  I  Shoes: L.A.M.B  
 Necklace: Kate Hewko  I  Earrings: Kate Hewko  I  Rings: Kate Hewko   

From home decor to fashion accessories, Brass adds a glamorous statement. I have been loving brass (un polished/antiqued/powder coated) for lighting, plumbing fixtures, drapery hardware and embellished details for the past year or so. Brass pieces are elegant and timeless yet still very modern. It is has taken over the design world!

Caring for brass is important if you want to keep it looking its best. Whether the piece is antiqued brass or polished, it will tarnish from oxygen in the air and the oil on your skin. Maintaining the patina is especially important if you are working with the popular un-lacquered Brass. Using saturated polish clothes from a drug store/jewellery store or backing soda and water with a splash of lemon juice work well on more oxidized brass. Lacquered Brass tends to not oxidize as much, therefore, you can use a mild soap with a micro fibre cloth to keep it looking fresh. Be sure to rinse with water after cleaning, so it  dries without any residue which may cause it to appear dull or spot. After it is dried with a cotton cloth, apply a thin wax coating (clear luxury car wax works well) to seal the metal - this many need to be done several times a year, as it will wear off. Store the piece in an airtight bag/box with anti tarnishing material. 
This process can also be used for Brass furniture and accessories, however, make sure you do a test spot first. 

One of my fave pieces this summer is this brass bib necklace. It sits just right on the décolletage to brighten up your face and add minimalist detail to any neckline.  These Kat rings by Kate Hewko are great for stacking, mixing and matching, adding chic details to a variety of looks. The mix of this white, grey and brass look creates interest as I moved away from the obvious pairing of cool toned accessories. Try styling Brass pieces with casual, workwear, or even bridal looks this summer and fall. 
Check out more contemporary brass jewellery styles at www.katehewko.com.

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