Medieval jewelry bronze

The use of bronze shaped an entire age in human history, the so-called Bronze Age. There it was also often used for jewelry making. The Bronze Age included not only Europe but also North Africa and Asia. The definition of the Bronze Age was slightly different in the most diverse cultures; in Europe it reached around the 3rd millennium BC. Until the beginning of the 1st millennium BC BC Middle East is the starting point for the use of bronze. There is the oldest evidence of the use and processing of bronze around 3,300 BC. Chr and comes from Palestine. At that time bronze was considered to be the hardest material that mankind knew until the discovery of iron (Iron Age), which is why even swords and axes were made of bronze. Bronze was also badly used in jewelry production until other materials such as gold and silver began their triumphant advance. Bronze is again very popular with friends of ancient and early medieval motifs, as bronze looks very authentic due to its history.

What is bronze?
Bronze is an alloy of copper and tin. Since there are no precise specifications for the composition, both materials can be mixed in different parts, whereby about 90% copper and 10% tin are usually used for jewelry production. If the proportion of tin is reduced, the bronze becomes more of a copper color; if the proportion is higher, it becomes the more golden color known for bronze.

Material properties and care Fresh
From production, our medieval bronze jewelry is very light. If you unpack the jewelry you can see after a while that they are getting darker. This is due to the reaction of the copper with the humidity in the air. After a while you get the dark golden color that is typical for bronze. This process is accelerated by contact with sweat, e.g. by touching it. However, pressure points caused by touching can also cause darker stains, especially on smooth surfaces, while the rest of the piece of jewelery is even lighter. Unsightly pressure points can simply be polished away, the easiest way to do this is with a silver cleaning cloth.
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