White bronze rosaries are finally here! Many of you may be wondering what is White Bronze? White Bronze is not actually Bronze. Both are metal alloy...but the recipes are different. Bronze, is made of copper with Tin as the main additive, whereas, White Bronze is made of copper, tin, and zinc. It is also known as ‘Miralloy’.
White Bronze is the new alternative to nickel and silver. There are several reason for its recent popularity. With the price of precious metals on an all-time high, White Bronze is so much more affordable than silver. It has the look of aged silver, it ages to a warmer tone but does not tarnish as quickly as sterling silver.
|Bronze, Copper and White Bronze in Precious Metal Clay|
With the rising cost of sterling silver on the global market more and more rosary makers were turning to pewter or plated parts for their rosary making. Pewter is not a very strong metal and often lacks the detail and durability. Silver plated rosary parts have a copper base that is electroplated with silver. The silver layer is incredibly thing and it is most disappointing how quickly a base of copper can start showing through.
I am thrilled that our caster for the antique reproduction rosary parts is now providing pieces in white Bronze. I don't know about you...but I have never been so intrigued by metal before!