We love bronze! It's an alloy made of copper and tin, has a beautiful warm golden tone, and is an affordable alternative to 10 or 14k gold.
With bronze, we can offer affordable large statement pieces without the need for any plating that will eventually wear away. Solid bronze is durable, easy to clean, and will last for decades.
Our goal is to create long-lasting timeless pieces that don't end up in a landfill or discarded after one season. So we don't make items plated in gold or silver, because the plating will eventually wear off the base metal, leaving your jewelry looking nothing like how how you purchased it.
Bronze does have one drawback, which is that the copper content can cause an oxidation reaction with your skin oils, creating a greenish layer of copper carbonate.
This layer is easily washed off, and you can minimize the oxidation by taking your jewelry off at night, and washing it regularly with soap and water. You can also periodically coat it with any metal wax, or a wax called Renaissance Wax, which prevents the jewelry from tarnishing and inhibits the oxidation reaction with your skin oils. Wax will wear off, but is easy to re-apply at home. We send you your jewelry with a coating of wax already applied.
Another easy fix? You can coat the inside of your ring with clear nail polish, which creates a barrier that prevents oxidation. Clear nail polish also has to be reapplied periodically.
This differs from what happens with plated jewelry. Because your jewelry is solid bronze, there is no plating that is wearing off, your jewelry is not wearing out, and there is no base metal that will eventually show through. The copper content of the bronze is simply creating oxidation.
This happens most often with thick rings worn close to the skin, because of the lack of air circulation between your finger and the ring. We recommend sizing up one size for thick rings, to give a little more air space. Bracelets have air circulation between your wrist and the bracelet, so have minimal to no oxidation. Pendants worn over your clothes won't oxidize because they aren't in contact with your sweat or skin oils.
With a little care, most people can wear bronze jewelry every day without oxidation.
We think the benefits of bronze far outweigh the drawback, and happily wear our bronze pieces every day!
All Minoux jewelry is made to order in Oregon. The pieces you choose will be made just for you, and we want you to feel great about your purchase! You may return any unworn items in original condition for exchange or return within 10 days of delivery.
To initiate a return, email email@example.com and let us know if you'd like an exchange or refund. Please note that shipping costs are not refundable.
Please mail back the jewelry in its original gift box, and use a protective padded mailer or small box for shipping.
Minoux Jewelry is not responsible for returned jewelry that is damaged or lost in transit; we recommend adding a tracking number and/or insurance to your return package. Return shipping costs are not refundable.
We'll send you an email once your return has been processed, normally within two business days after we receive it.