HISTORY OF BRASS
In Jewelry Making
WHAT IS BRASS?
is an alloy (mixture) of copper and zinc in variable proportions. Depending on the proportion of copper to zinc, the color
of brass can vary from yellow/gold to green, to a redish (coppery) tone.
more copper, the more red to brown tone...the more zinc, the more yellow to green tone.
Of Yellow "Gold" Brass (New)
A Renaissance Style Neckpiece
(Old Brass Findings)
HISTORY OF BRASS JEWELRY
Many anitque dealers are familiar with the term "Pinchbeck Jewelry".
It was named for Christopher Pinchbeck (1670-1732), who was a famous clock & watch maker who had a shop in London where
he made and sold jewelry as well as watches and clocks. His discovery looked like gold, but contained no gold! While the actual
formula was guarded, many believed it contained 4 parts copper and 3 parts zinc. The mixing of copper & zinc to make
a gold color metal is today known as...BRASS!
THE BRONZE AGE
What is bronze and what is the difference between bronze and brass? Bronze is an alloy (mixture) of
copper and tin. Brass is an alloy (mixture) of copper and zinc.
earliest period of The Bronze Age begins in Ancient
Egypt in the Protodynastic Period circa 3150 BC.
Because brass and bronze are similar due to their high copper content,
we utilize our proprietary oxidizing process on brass to produce an "ancient or antique" bronze
patina making our oxidized brass a perfect metal for producing ancient and old world designs. Many of our customers are jewelry
designers for stage and film productions which have historical themes. Whether designing for Ancient Egypt,
Rome or Greece, the Gothic and Renaissance periods, or thru to the Victorian Era up to contemporary design, oxidized
brass can be used to produce a variety of finishes to emulate jewelry designs through out the ages.
OLD OR NEW BRASS?
With our oxidizing and finishing technics, it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between old brass
and newly produced brass. Due to the rarity of genuine old brass findings, we mix old & new brass in many designs to achieve
a very authentic looking old world look.
Example of "Low"
Brass. Brown Tone. (New)
A Gothic Style Set (Old & New
Old Brass With Natural Aging/Patina
THE VICTORIAN ERA
Victorian Era is named for the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901). Known for it's eclecticism, the Victorians took on many
of the styles from the middle ages including Gothic & Renaissance motifs. Iron & steel were also used in jewelry through
out these era's (from the early 1700's) and can also be found in jewelry as late as the 1930's.
There really are
no rules when designing jewelry! Get pieces that appeal to YOU and put them together. Our best advise for jewelry making or
crafting, is for you to acquire components and findings that you like then just go for it!!!
!! INTERESTING FACT !!
The victorians used names of stones to spell out words or initials in jewelry.
Example: Connect together turquoise (T), amethyst (A) and jet (J). To make the initials TAJ (Tammy Agatha Jones :)
Oxidized Patina Brass
With Czech Glass