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Copper Jewelry Facts and Care

Copper jewelry is IN now, but not many people know much about copper. This prevents them from enjoying this wonderful metal due to their fear of the unknown.
I didn’t know much about copper myself before I started working with it. Then I did my research, tried making jewelry with it, wore it, and fell in love. It is not only more affordable than silver, but it is also very easy to care for, and looks just as beautiful when turned into a beautiful piece of jewelry.

Amazonite and Copper bracelet.

Amazonite and Copper bracelet.

With the current economy not many can indulge in jewelry shopping the same way, compared to a few years ago, even. I know it from my own experience. I used to buy my silver pieces more freely before. Of course, before I started making jewelry myself. But then I noticed that I couldn’t spend as much when the prices kept going up, and my savings kept going down. And prices for precious metals are rising significantly and steadily, and there is no sign of this situation changing in the near future. So, what can a jewelry lover do? I’d suggest looking into copper jewelry. The same piece will cost you anything between 30%-50% cheaper than its sterling silver twin, but will look just as amazing.

Fluorite earrings wrapped in copper wire

Fluorite earrings wrapped in copper wire

I, personally, prefer the antique look in copper, I think it adds that extra…extra…something special. And it doesn’t take much to care for dark copper. Just wear it and enjoy it. That’s pretty much it.

But then some pieces look better when they are left as is, all bright and shiny. Yes, pure untreated copper will start turning darker with time, but it doesn’t have to be like that. And you can easily, in the matter of a few minutes, bring the shine back. I will explain how in my tips below.

Rose Quartz in Copper heart

Rose Quartz in Copper heart

If you are not convinced yet, please have a look at my Copper Jewelry Information and Care tips. You’ll be amazed at how low-maintenance copper jewelry is.

My Copper Jewelry Facts and Care Information Card

My Copper Jewelry Facts and Care Information Card

– First things first, what is copper?

Copper is a trace element needed for healthy growth and function of bones, collagen, the brain, the heart, the skin and immune system. Copper is traditionally used in treating Arthritic and Rheumatic diseases, improving blood circulation, increasing energy, reducing inflammation, stabilizing metabolism and improving oxygen use.

– How about these rumors that it causes allergies and turns your skin green?

Some people, especially those with love for acidic foods, notice their skin may turn green from wearing copper, also known as oxidation when copper reacts with oxygen in the air, sweat and skin oils, creating a green layer of copper carbonate. It is harmless, and keeping jewelry clean and dry prevents it.

– How much work is it to take care of my copper jewelry?

Take off your copper jewelry every night. Wipe it with a clean soft cloth before putting it on or after taking it off. This removes the sweat and oils from your skin, and prevents oxidation.
Pure untreated copper jewelry will age gracefully by turning darker and getting its signature antique look valued by many jewelry lovers.

– And what about tarnishing? Is it permanent and my jewelry is destroyed then?

You can bring back the shine of your pure copper jewelry with lemon juice, ketchup, or vinegar. Place your jewelry in a shallow dish, cover with any of the above mentioned substances, let sit for a few minutes or until the desired shine is reached, rinse and dry.

That’s it for now, and I hope you discovered a new friend in copper. Feel free to ask me more if you still have questions. I’d be more than happy to answer them.

Green Fluorite and Copper earrings.

Green Fluorite and Copper earrings.

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