Textured Copper Cross Necklace with Carnelian Cabochon and Copper Beads on Brick Red Leather Cord
This Copper Cross with a 12mm Carnelian Cabochon was totally handcrafted by myself. I cut the cross out of the sheet of copper and textured it with a texturing hammer. I then cut out a copper disc and cut a hole in the center to create a washer for the and stamped the sun design around the outer edge. I slightly domed the piece to create a bezel for the Carnelian cabochon I placed in the center opening. The small circular bezel was attached with copper rivets. To compliment the cross, I added some 4mm copper beads on the Brick Red Leather Cord. The necklace leather cord is closed with my handcrafted copper wire ends and a copper hook and eye clasp.
This necklace measures 18" long and is very light. The brick red cord is more of a chili color rather than bright red and looks terrific with the Carnelian cabochon.
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.
CARNELIAN opens the heart and connection to the inner self. Carnelians energies are invigorating and uplifting. Use to Stimulate the Mind and Concentration.
If you need an adjustment in the size of any of my artisan items, earrings, bracelets or necklaces, just email me with your request prior to making payment. If you see something you like but would prefer a different color, let me know and I will see if I can accommodate you. I do take custom orders and will be happy to work with you to create your perfect piece.
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