Not only is it the perfect metal to combine with natural stone colors. It’s also symbolically, historically connected to beach stone throught the tradition of using brass on maritime vessels. And the same properties that make brass the perfect metal to use on sailboats are what make it a great, heirloom quality metal to use for natural stone jewelry.
I’ve played around with using different metal colors for my natural stone jewelry, but these latest three pieces were the ones that really convinced me of the beauty of brass with natural stone colors. (And especially combined with skin tones!) There are natural stones that are more colorful than my native Lake Michigan beach stone, but for the subtle greys, browns, creams and blacks of my indigenous Wisconsin stone, nothing compliments them like the greenish gold of brass.
My Grandpa Good loved sailing and loved taking me out sailing with him! One of the (many) things I learned about sailboats is that if it’s a piece of metal on a boat, then it’s made of brass!! It’s one of the only metals inert enough to resist the constant humidity and salt of the sea. Which is the other reason it’s perfect to use for natural stone jewelry!
Perfect for making heirloom quality stone jewelry that’s not unreasonably expensive and in keeping with the casual elegance of natural beach stone. There’s no finish to rub off over the years, it won’t tarnish like silver and you won’t have to sell your kidney to afford to buy jewelry made out of it. Which is good. Kidneys are extremely useful!!
What do you think about combining brass and natural stone? Do they seem like the perfect combination, or am I a raving old sailor who’s had one too many pints of grog out of my brass flagon?? Share your brassy thoughts with us down in the comments!