Like any metal, bronze has a wide variety of applications and uses. Due to its nature as an alloy, different compositions of bronze take on different characteristics, and are therefore more applicable in different industries. This is what makes bronze so versatile, and the ability to apply it to a wide spectrum of things makes it an invaluable metal.
A derivative of copper, bronze was developed around 7,000 years ago by ancient people mixing tin with their copper in order to create weaponry, currency, decorations and other items. What they stumbled upon was an alloy harder than copper, while still maintaining corrosion resistance. Brass, an extension of copper and bronze, followed later in history. Zinc’s high melting and boiling point prohibited ancient people from combining copper and zinc. Early examples of brass were formed from a combination of calamine and bronze.