Times are tough and we are all looking for ways to stretch a dollar, both as jewelry designers and as jewelry buyers. With the cost of precious metals such as gold, palladium, platinum, rhodium and even silver being so high, many of us are looking for ways to lower the cost of our materials and pass that lower cost on to our customers. One way to do that is to incorporate less expensive metals such as gold and silver bi-metal, brass, bronze, copper, mokume-gane, pewter, stainless steel, aluminum and titanium into our jewelry designs.
I started working with silver to avoid the high investment that has to be made when working with gold and the other precious metals, only rarely adding some small gold details to my metalsmithed items. This necklace is an example of how you can still use gold while saving money on your materials. The gold dots are 18 kt bi-metal, which is 18kt yellow gold permanently bonded by heat and pressure to sterling silver.
There is also a 22 kt bi-metal that has a thicker layer of gold on it giving it more workability. Surface treatments, such as engraving, scraping, folding, and twisting can be used to accent the two surfaces.
Here is an example of incorporating some copper in with silver, making this necklace more affordable than it would be if it were made entirely of silver.
And some more examples of using copper in place of precious metals to make some very lovely jewelry.
|Copper Viking Knit Bangle with Beads and Coils - Jewelry24Seven|
|Turquoise and Copper Earrings - CrystalImpressions|
|Hammered and Wrapped Copper Wire Turquoise Necklace - Willow Creek Jewelry|
|Copper Bracelet with Moss Aquamarine, Green Opal and Brown Jasper - Abacus Bead Creations|
|Rustic Boho Copper Heart Pendant with Gemstone Chain - Rough Magic Creations|
Here are some examples of brass, another great looking metal, being used in place of the more costly precious metals.
|Elegant Etched and White Pearl Earrings - Brooke Jewelry|
|Sterling Silver and Brass Bangle Bracelet - Brooke Designs|
|Steampunk Dragonfly Hand Carved Pendant Necklace on Leather Cord - JBower Engraving|
|Brass Dome Earrings - Wandering Jeweler|
|Light Olive Green Butterfly Necklace - The Brass Hussy|
And some examples of bronze being used to make some really attractive jewelry and accessories.
|Bronze Connector Pendant and Lampwork Beaded Necklace - Stoutdg2|
|Copper, Bronze, and Brass Hammered Stack Rings - SilverSmack|
|Reclaimed - Recycled Bronze Fleur de Lis Necklace Pendant - Your Daily Jewels|
|Rustic Bronze Arrowhead Key Chain - Metalicious|
These are just some of the great durable and long lasting options you can use to save money either while making jewelry or while shopping for jewelry.
Thank you for reading,