by John Brana March 27, 2012
Bronze is a metal alloy consisting mostly of copper with tin as the primary additive. Depending on the craftsman’s preferences, other metals such as lead can also be added to the mixture to create an alloy with specific material qualities. Bronze has been used over the ages to make a range of items from weapons, such as spears and arrowheads, to jewelry, such as bracelets and pendants. In fact, artifacts like bronze rings have been found that date back over four millennia when the Bronze Age began and the alloy was first coming into use.
As for why bronze was and is so popular, this comes down to its unique properties. Bronze replaced copper, a soft metal that loses its shine very easily. Bronze, on the other hand, is a tough alloy which retains its luster for many years. In the past, spears and arrowheads were made with bronze, which could pierce the toughest armor. Even mirrors were made from this amazing metal, a luxury that only the very rich could afford. Nowadays, the focus has turned to jewelry, and bronze rings, necklaces and pendants are now being sold in the top stores around the world.
John S Brana, based in San Francisco, is the founder of John S Brana Handmade Jewelry with over two decades of expertise in crafting distinctive handcrafted pieces. Transitioning from a finance and banking career in 2004, John manages everything from design to marketing. His modern, urban-inspired creations have graced fashion editorials, resonating with stylish, adventurous enthusiasts who value exquisite craftsmanship and luxury. Every piece narrates a distinct tale, mirroring the wearer's individuality.
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