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!
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.
The earliest period of The Bronze
Age begins in Ancient Egypt in the Protodynastic Period circa
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 &
Old Brass With Natural Aging/Patina
THE VICTORIAN ERA
The 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