It’s an alloy made of copper and tin, and a lead free option to brass, it has a beautiful warm golden or red tone and is a very affordable alternative to 10 or 14k gold at the current market pricing. And to have a very special blank cast is very expensive, and gold just does not have the structural strength due to its softness to protect my handmade artisan inlays.
With bronze, we can offer affordable rings without the need for any plating that will eventually wear away. Solid bronze is durable, easy to clean, and will last for decades. Our goal is to create a unique ring with longevity, durability , and affordability in mind. So we don’t make items plated in gold or silver, because the plating will eventually wear off the base metal, leaving your ring looking nothing like how you purchased it.
Bronze does have one drawback, which is that the copper content can cause an oxidation reaction with your skin oils, creating a greenish layer of copper carbonate. If this is an issue for you, an easy fix is to coat only the inside of your piece with clear nail polish, which creates a barrier preventing oxidation. You can also minimize the oxidation by taking your jewelry off at night and keeping it clean.
This differs from what happens with plated jewelry. Because your jewelry is solid bronze, there is no plating that is wearing off, your jewelry is not wearing out, and there is no base metal that will eventually show through. The copper content of the bronze is simply creating oxidation.
This happens most often with rings worn close to the skin, because of the lack of air circulation between your finger and the ring. We recommend sizing up slightly for your ring, to give a little more air space. Bracelets have air circulation between your wrist and the bracelet, so have minimal to no oxidation. Pendants worn over your clothes won’t oxidize because they aren’t in contact with your sweat or skin oils.
With a little care, most people can wear bronze jewelry every day without oxidation. Like sterling silver, bronze tarnishes over time. We recommend cleaning with slightly warm gentle soap (Dawn),and water with a soft cloth occasionally. Polishing cloths generally will not quite do the job, and some may scratch the clear sealed finish. But Renaissance Wax is very effective and highly recommended in forming a protective barrier over your ring to prevent tarnishing, finger prints, oxidation, and normal wear and tear from daily usage.
We think the benefits of bronze far outweigh the drawbacks.