What is a Base Metal?

A base metal is a common metal such as copper, lead, nickel, tin, aluminum, and zinc that is relatively low in value and is not used as a basis for currency. They typically tarnish, oxidize, or corrode relatively quickly when exposed to air or moisture.

A base metal can be a metal or alloy to which a plating of precious metals, nobles metals or other coatings are applied. For example; 14k gold fill chain or silver plated charm. 

Fun fact: The base metal of bronze is copper. 



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