Turquoise and Copper Dangle Earrings
These lovely earrings are designed with 8mm x 20mm turquoise dyed howlite long nugget beads, 6mm Turquoise Rondelles and Copper Corrugated spacers and bead caps. They are hung on my handcrafted wire wrapped Copper ear wires. These earrings measure 2 3/4" from the top of the ear wires. Copper and turquoise make such a lovely color combination. They seem to complement each other. I am making room for new inventory and these earrings have been discounted by 50% off.
COPPER is a reddish gold metal that patinas to a warm brown. The oldest known metal, it was associated with the Greek goddess Aphrodite and her Roman counterpart, Venus. The discovery of copper dates from prehistoric times. There are reports of copper beads dating back to 9000BC found in Iraq. Methods for refining copper from its ores were discovered around 5000BC and a 1000 or so years later it was being used in pottery in North Africa
Keeping copper clean and dry, removing any oil or perspiration helps prevent oxidation. Although it can tarnish over time, copper resists tarnish better than many other jewelry metals (including sterling which turns black). When it does oxidize it takes on a soft brown, antiqued color as it darkens, a much sought after "vintage" look in jewelry. The tarnish on copper can be easily removed if you prefer a bright look. If you do prefer the bright look, keep your copper piece in an air tight bag or jewelry box to prevent tarnish when not wearing. In addition, Copper jewelry is often considered to have healing properties.
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