Out of all the lost-wax cast metal jewelry you'll find in the MIMOSA collection, bronze is our tried and true go-to metal.
And whether you’re new to MIMOSA or already have a collection of your own, we want to tell you about the metal that makes MIMOSA jewelry.
What is bronze?
Bronze is made up of mostly copper and a little bit of tin. Polished bronze has a warm, golden tone that we think makes for quite lovely jewelry. Because they are similar in color, bronze also pairs well with solid gold and gold-filled jewelry — also found in the MIMOSA collection.
But while we cast our pieces in bronze, sterling silver, and 14k gold, bronze is our most popular metal.
Bronze has been around longer than all of us here now (and will probably still be around long after we're gone!)
Pictured: Antique bronze necklace
Pictured: Bronze casting grain (or really tiny pieces of bronze metal)
Why we chose bronze
Our team makes all of our bronze jewelry in-house at our south Louisiana studio using the lost-wax casting method.
The piece you purchase today can last for many years to come. We make jewelry that inspires through beauty, nature and the human experience and can become deeply sentimental family heirlooms.
It’s a great alternative to solid gold jewelry
Bronze is a more affordable metal jewelry alternative while still offering a similar color. Truthfully, if a solid gold piece wasn’t stamped “14k,” it may be difficult to tell the difference! Upon a closer look, bronze has a warmer, reddish undertone while 14k yellow gold is a brighter yellow.
It's suitable for everyday wear
We want you to enjoy your MIMOSA pieces and make them part of every day.
We do recommend following our care guidelines to help your bronze jewelry maintain its shiny, golden appearance and promote its longevity.
Pictured from left to right - an ASL I Love You Pendant in sterling silver, 14k yellow gold, and bronze.
Is our bronze jewelry plated or dipped?
Our jewelry is solid bronze with no plating or dipping. This means the golden color you see on a freshly polished piece of ours is raw bronze! Its golden color won’t chip or flake away to reveal a base metal.
Will bronze jewelry tarnish or change color?
Over time and with wear, bronze jewelry can develop a natural patina or tarnish. However, it can be cleaned and polished to restore its original shiny, golden appearance.
MIMOSA How-To: EASY BRONZE DIY CLEANING & CARE
Why does my bronze jewelry turn my skin green?
Ever notice it’s more likely to happen when you’re sweating or dehydrated? Some of us are naturally acidic and it almost doesn’t matter where we are or what we’re doing - it will happen.
- Paint the inside of the piece with clear fingernail polish.
- Don’t wear your pieces when you’ll be sweating. (South Louisiana means that’s pretty much always — in that case, see #1. ;)
- Have the pieces gold plated. We don't know of a specific place that does this, but if you look online there may be a company that can help with this.
- Go GOLD! 14k gold is certainly an investment, but it’s an option we offer.
Learn More: WHY DOES BRONZE TURN MY SKIN GREEN?
Every jewelry piece you see offered on our website is available and photographed in bronze (with the exception of a handful of gold-filled jewelry options - see our gold-filled jewelry here)
If you have any questions about bronze you don't see answered here, contact us and let us know.
*Please Note: Our bronze is nickel free.
MORE FROM MIMOSA:
- Cleaning & Caring for Bronze Jewelry
- Lost-Wax Casting at MIMOSA
- Gold-Filled Jewelry — What is it anyway?
- Why does bronze jewelry turn my skin green?
Published 12/21/21; Last Updated 6/8/22