vintage brass and montana blue Swarovski crystal bracelet
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Made in Austria, Swarovski Crystals are expertly faceted and polished and considered the finest products of their kind in the world. Colors are vivid and the sparkle draws every eye. Aurora Borealis (AB) finished crystals have the addition of a "rainbowed" coating. In 1892 glassmaker Daniel Swarovski invented a machine that revolutionized the crystal cutting and polishing process. For over 120 years Swarovski has continued to lead the world in crystal quality, colors and shapes
An alloy of copper and zinc, brass is usually yellow in color, therefore sometimes mistaken for gold. Some types of brass are called bronzes, despite their high zinc content.
Brass has been known to man since prehistoric times, long before zinc itself was discovered. It was produced by melting copper together with calamine, a zinc ore. During this process, the zinc is extracted from the calamine and instantly mixes with the copper. Pure zinc, on the other hand, was too reactive to be produced by ancient metalworking techniques.