- Relatively easy to cut and drill
- shows scratches, but more durable than aluminium
- may be polished to a mirror finish
- shows fingerprints and becomes tarnished in time if not protected
- heavy, with gold-like appearance
- may be too heavy if used for large earrings
Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc with a distinct gold-like appearance when polished. It is heavier and harder than aluminium, and also more maleable.