Metal options

*PLEASE NOTE that I cannot accept returns of made to order jewelry based on incompatibility so choose your metals thoughtfully.


Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc with a bright yellow tone. Bronze is an alloy of copper and tin with a lightly blushed golden tone. Bronze is a stronger metal than brass and yields more durable pieces overall. Both brass and bronze are great, less expensive alternatives to gold provided your body chemistry is compatible and you don't mind a little maintenance (polishing touch-ups). Those with more acidic leaning skin types or metal sensitivities may experience skin discoloration or accelerated tarnishing due to the copper content. Skin discoloration, if an issue, can be resolved by applying a layer of clear nail polish to just the part of the jewelry that contacts the skin (i.e. the inside of a ring band). I wear my brass/bronze rings 24/7 while working, showering, sleeping, etc. without issue for the most part. All they've needed is a quick polish from time to time. On occasion I have had some minor discoloration when I've either worn a wide band or overly tight ring (doesn't allow skin to breathe as well) in humid/moist conditions.

Copper is a pure metal, not an alloy, with a warm pinkish tone in its natural state and a deep, rustic reddish tone with heat treatment. Inherently a soft metal, I forge all of my copper jewelry which gives it extra strength. I also oxidize copper pieces using heat patina which naturally adds a little protection against the skin.

I love that raw metals like these can have an heirloom quality lifespan with proper care and always be refreshed with a polishing cloth or allowed to age/oxidize naturally.


Because pure silver is generally too soft to be used in jewelry, it is combined with other metals to create a more durable metal. When 92.5% of pure silver is mixed with 7.5% of copper the resulting alloy is sterling silver. Sterling silver has a bright silver finish, is easy to wear for most people and maintains its shine with regular wear and/or occasional polishing.


While visually very similar, 10k and 14k gold have some differences that may make you wish to choose one over the other. 14k gold has just a slightly more yellow tone than 10k and contains approx. 58% pure gold. 10k gold contains approx. 41% pure gold. Both are alloyed with other metals, primarily silver, some copper and small amounts of other metals. Since pure gold is a very soft metal, the more it is alloyed with other metals the stronger it becomes; therefore, jewelry made from 10k is a bit more durable than 14k. People with metal allergies tend to do better with 14k as it has less added metals and more gold content. Both 10k and 14k retain their shine well and, like most metals, benefit from occasional polishing.


Gold-filled is made by using heat and pressure to permanently bond a layer of 14 karat gold to a brass core, creating a tarnish-resistant surface. More valuable and durable than gold-plated materials, gold-filled gives the look of solid gold for less. (Not available as an option for certain designs due to limitations in working with this material.)