What is it about Brass Jewellery?
Our ORA Jewellery was birthed with Bangles. We started working with brass in 2014. Natasha, designer and founding director of ORA Jewellery was sitting in a coffee shop flicking through a Vogue Magazine scouting for inspiration and there she found it at the back of the magazine, where all the fashion editorials are, models in huge chunky gold hoops. These gold statement hoops weren’t made from gold, they were made from brass! Natasha had loved brass when she was learning to make Jewellery but was always told it wouldn’t cut in the Jewellery world. However, when she saw it in Vogue, everything changed! She knew she could design and make brass jewellery that looked like gold Jewellery. Before this point, the consensus of brass jewellery was hippiefied jewellery.
What drew Natasha to working with brass, designing and handmaking brass jewellery were that it allowed her to create large, chunky bold pieces that looked like gold and affordable. Affordable gold jewellery was born.
Why brass jewellery and not gold plated jewellery?
Brass Jewellery is made from brass which is an alloy of copper and zinc. The composition of brass is usually 66% copper and 34% zinc. Meaning that once Brass has been worked on, cleaned up and polished it can be restored to its natural lustre, a similar way that silver jewellery and gold jewellery can be. You can use a microfibre cloth, a jewellery polishing cloth (used on silver jewellery and gold jewellery) or a generic brass cleaner. Gold plated Jewellery must be treated with extreme care and over time the plating will chip, fade and wear away. Gold plating is also an expensive process and price versus wearability is expensive. Brass Jewellery is affordable and hard-wearing. Yes, you should take good care of all Jewellery and should not have to constantly be concerned that you are going to damage it or destroy the finish. Our aim is to create Jewellery that you can enjoy with a reasonable amount of freedom. We do advise removing your rings when washing your hands, putting on cream. Keeping your Jewellery away from lotions, sun cream, and perfume, for optimal care. We advise this for all Silver Jewellery, Gold Jewellery, Platinum Jewellery and Brass Jewellery. It is the sulphur in lotions that any Jewellery can react to. “`an important factor is that if you do have an oops and your silver, gold, platinum or brass jewellery does react and the colour of the metal does distort or lose its lustre, it can very easily be restored in the care of your home. Whereas to rectify damaged plated Jewellery is can be a costly ordeal and will require a visit to a Jewellery Studio, workshop.
It’s no wonder that Brass Jewellery is growing in exceeding popularity, especially in our current climate where the gold price is skyrocketing.
head over to ORA Jewellery to shop our wide selection of brass Jewellery!