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Materials Mondays: The Bronze Age!

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Materials Mondays: The Bronze Age!

What is Antique Bronze?  Well, there isn't a direct answer to that question without knowing anything about Bronze. Let's start there! Bronze: Bronze is an alloy consisting of 88% primarily copper and commonly paired with about 12-12.5% tin (This is often combined with the addition of other metals like aluminum, nickel or zinc) Occasionally you may see other non metals like arsenic, phosphorus or silicon. These additions produce alloys that are harder than copper alone or provide strength, machinability & ductility.  Bronze enabled people to create metal objects that were harder and more durable than ever before. Initially, bronze was...

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Material Mondays: Let's talk 925, Sterling Silver!

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Material Mondays: Let's talk 925, Sterling Silver!

Sterling Silver, arguably one of the most versatile alloys to exist to date.

We use it in currency, jewelry, and everyday items like cutlery. Yet, there are so many questions! What is it? Where did it come from? What is in the Sterling Silver that I sell to you? Why does it tarnish?

Let's have a look at some fun facts about Sterling Silver, and get acquainted with the 925!

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