Copper jewelry is very popular and has been used as jewelry from the earliest times. It is available in a variety of designs. Copper is found in its natural state and has a reddish-brown color. It became valuable when it started to be used in making currency. It has the properties that are necessary for jewelry making, i.e., it is malleable, soft, and very eye-catching metal. It is easy to engrave and imprint copper metal due to its versatile nature.
The copper metal is tough and is not very suitable to make jewelry in its pure state because it is not strong enough. To avoid such conditions, copper is mixed with other metals like tin and zinc. These metals give strength to make jewelry, the copper alloys that are used in making jewelry are brass and bronze. Copper alloys are very durable and a great option for making jewelry pieces.
It is found in a range of designs and styles like engraved, imprinted, polished, and mixed-metal. The prices depend on the jewelry you are buying because it ranges from expensive to cheap. The charm of copper jewelry also depends on embellishments or precious stones.
The value might depend on the place you are purchasing it, for instance, buying jewelry from a reputable jeweler is much more expensive than from a street fair. Always try to purchase jewelry from esteemed jewelry manufactures or shops. Although vintage copper jewelry is more expensive and has a good option to add to your collection.
Copper can be oxidized that develops a greenish coating, called patina. In simple terms, copper jewelry is tarnished. To prevent them from tarnishing, polish them with acidic items that can easily be found in your kitchen. Like lemon or vinegar, and ketchup, they are best for cleaning copper.
Pour the copper jewelry into the acidic liquid or covered it with ketchup in a bowl, leave it for 20 minutes, and, if required use a toothbrush to scrub away the grime from the jewelry. Then wash it off with mild soap to clean the acidic liquid or ketchup and dry it with a soft cloth. You will find your jewelry shining as new.
Sometimes copper turns skin green because of a chemical reaction. The copper oxidizes and reacts with the sweat from your body that leaves greenish color on your skin. This creates a layer of copper carbonate, called chelates. This copper chelate doesn’t absorb in the skin and leaves a stain on your skin. But this stain is not permanent and can easily be washed off with ordinary soapy water.
If you do not want this to happen, clean your jewelry regularly and prevent it from tarnishing. Also, you can purchase sealed copper jewelry, it is covered with a thin layer that protects the copper from oxidizing and prevents skin from green stains.
Copper is an essential mineral for the human body, and sometimes we don’t consume enough copper, which causes copper deficiency. So, wearing copper might help your body to absorb enough amount of copper through the skin. Also, wearing copper is beneficial for arthritis, headaches, joint pain, etc. But if your jewelry is sealed, you might not observe such benefits.
People believe that copper symbolizes love and balance in life. Some believe that there are holistic and spiritual benefits of wearing copper.
Copper jewelry is fascinating with many properties such as natural healing properties. It is eye-catching and can easily be matched with every outfit and is never out of fashion. It is a perfect piece to add to your jewelry collection. Also, with precious embellishments, it can be an excellent investment.