Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc. The proportions of zinc and copper can be varied to create a range of brasses with varying properties. For jewelry, the most commonly used percentages of copper and zinc is 67% and 33%. This mixture helps the brass become stronger and more durable than copper alone, which allows for superb electroplating quality, and thus, it is the perfect combination for fashion jewelry.
Silver is often coated on a base metal, such as copper, brass, white metal and nickel, to give it a silvery white, smooth and shiny finish. Silver plated jewelry often radiates purity and simplicity.