Jewelry artists have discovered the freedom of working with a variety of jewelry making metals. Metals play a critical role in the creation of contemporary jewelry; they are as old as human civilization and their history in jewelry making can be traced back thousands of years.

Although the majority of jewelry is created using more popular and main-stream materials – precious metals: 999 fine silver, .925 sterling silver, silver filled, 18 and 24kt gold, gold-filled, and base metals: nickel, copper, brass and bronze – there is still a diversity of metals that continue to be used to create some truly unique pieces of jewelry.