Wearable Art that
Bronze and Copper, used as far back as
6000 BC, delivered strength and durability
and commanded a high price.
Every day, bronze and copper artifacts are unearthed,
still in excellent
condition, still rich in color, full of history and representing
an incredible combination of skill and art.
The archeological period where bronze was the hardest metal
in widespread use is known as the
Bronze Age. In the
ancient Near East this began with the rise of
Sumer in the 4th millennium BC, with India and China
starting to use bronze around the same time; everywhere it
gradually spread across regions. The Bronze Age was followed by
Iron Age starting from about 1300 BC and reaching most of
Eurasia by about 500 BC, though bronze continued to be much
more widely used than it is in modern times.
The discovery of bronze enabled people
to create metal objects which were harder and more durable than
previously possible. Bronze tools, weapons, armor, and
building materials such as decorative tiles were harder and
more durable than their stone and copper ("Chalcolithic")
In many parts of the world, large hoards
of bronze artifacts are found, suggesting that bronze also
represented a store of value and an indicator of social status.
In Europe, large hoards of bronze tools, typically
socketed axes, are found, which mostly show no signs of
Chinese ritual bronzes, which are documented in the
inscriptions they carry and from other sources, the case is very
clear. These were made for elite burials, and also used by the
living for ritual offerings.
Bronze was still used during the Iron
Age, and has continued in use for many purposes to the modern
day. Among other advantages, it does not rust.
How to care for your Bronze or Copper Wearable Art
With the proper care your Bronze and
Copper Jewelry will give you many years of enjoyment.
Bronze is a natural material that will tarnish over time.
You can prevent / prolong tarnishing by keeping your piece of
wearable art in a anti-tarnish bag or small Ziploc bag with an
anti-tarnish square added, both provided with your initial
We choose to not lacquer any of
our jewelry pieces as we do not feel it is appropriate and takes
away the natural metal feel of the Bronze and Copper, and any
applied lacquer could peel off over time. Therefore we believe
in 100% natural Bronze and Copper to be our choice of finish.
HOW TO CLEAN :
Remove your bronze wearable art from any
chain. Use a fine brush ( like an old toothbrush ) and
Bronze Cleaner like BRASSO or BLITZ for Bronze or Copper .
Put a little dab of the cleaner on your jewelry piece, brush
lightly for about 1 minute and rinse off with cool water. Voila,
your piece will be nice an shiny again. You can do
the same with any chain. On a light chain we recommend to
wrap it around a wooden dowl, or another round object, as not to
pull on the chain for cleaning so it does not get damaged
Should your jewelry piece become very
tarnished and you do not want to clean it yourself, you can
always just send it in to us ( USPS Priority mail w/ tracking),
and we will be happy to re-polish it for you for a minimal labor
charge. If you piece becomes damaged or scratched
due to some kind of unfortunate accident, we can always refinish
it for you, too. We always will be happy to help, as long as you
own your Varez Wearable Art, so it becomes a piece you cherish
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