If you appreciate rustic and at the same time elegant look of Western style clothing, or if you are after the look of cowgirl chic, sooner or later, you will come to the dilemma about wearing jewelry made from copper.
Sure, copper looks warm and rustic, but why would you want to replace your trusted sterling silver pieces with copper ones? Besides, isn't copper notorious for oxidizing really easily and leaving green stains on your skin? This post will answer most of your questions about copper, leaving you with plenty of information to help you make your own decision.
1) The Basics
Copper (chemical symbol Cu - from Latin cuprum) is a metal with very high thermal and electrical conductivity. Pure copper is soft and malleable, reddish-orange in color, and is used in various metal alloys (yes, even your sterling silver contains a small amount of copper). Apart from its essential role in the existence of all living organisms (check any encyclopedia for more information about this) and its use in production of piping, in photography, electrical wiring, and industrial machinery, copper has been used in jewelry making for centuries.
2) The Pros
In addition to being fairly soft and malleable, copper has a few more advantages over other metals in jewelry making. One of them is its fairly low price, especially compared to silver, gold, and not to even mention platinum. Also, very few - if any - allergy cases related to copper have been reported, thus making copper a favorite for reasonably priced artisanal designs. The distinctive color of copper makes it especially suitable for rustic, bohemian, and tribal style jewelry.
3) The Cons
Now, what about downsides? Yes, as you probably already know, copper oxidizes easily, getting a green patina best known as verdigris. You are also correct to think that such patina would leave unsightly green marks on your skin where the piece of jewelry rested. However, there is a cure for this, and most jewelry makers either already apply it or would be happy to do so if you asked them to.
4) The Solution
If raw copper is sealed with either clear shellac or other similar product, oxidation is prevented, thus eliminating forming of patina and everything that comes with it. So, if you are purchasing a piece of copper jewelry, make sure to inquire whether it was made from raw copper, and if so, whether it was or can it be sealed. We at hART Sense Design never use copper for ear wires of our earring designs because any manually applied sealant would quickly be removed by the simple action of putting on and taking off your earrings repeatedly, thus exposing raw copper to oxidation. That is why you will see our copper earings sporting either sterling silver or gold filled/gold vermeil ear wires.
When it comes to our bracelets and necklaces, we are happy to add a coat of shellac to any parts that would come in contact with the customer's skin. Just make sure to ask us for this free service if you prefer your copper patina-free.
For information and visuals showing you how to style your copper jewelry to achieve the cowgirl chic look, make sure to request our free 3-page guide here.
To purchase our one-of-a-kind and limited edition copper designs, visit our shop www.hartsensedesign.com
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