Brass does not rust but over time exposure to the air will cause it to deepen in colour, giving it an antique look. An inexpensive way to polish brass and remove tarnish is to rub an equal part mixture of baking soda and vinegar onto it, leave for few minutes, rinse with lukewarm water and dry with a soft cloth. Repeat the process if needed. Storing it in an airtight plastic bag can lessen the tarnishing.
Although this necklace is rigid and will not bend while wearing, it could still bend with force (i.e. if stepped on) so please be careful and store it properly. It will be shipped in a cardboard box.
This item is hand made to order and one of a kind. Each one will vary slightly from the picture. Sorry no refunds.