What is Base Metal?

You’ve probably heard of our wonderful base metal jewelry supplies, but do you know what they’re made of? Here’s a quick definition of base metal, pulled from our Glossary in the Learning Center:

Base metal is metal that oxidizes easily when exposed to air or moisture. These metals are more common than precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum, and thus are more widely used when making jewelry supplies. Base metal gets its name because it is often the type of material which precious metal is bonded to. Base metals include aluminum, brass, copper and nickel.

Browse through our collection of base metal jewelry components and add these great staples to your collection. If you want to learn more about beading basics, brush up with our beading glossary in the Learning Center. You can even make a cool base metal design like our Cheetah Chain Belt!


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