Textured Copper and Turquoise Cross Pendant
This earthy 2" x 1 4/8" textured copper cross with Turquoise bead Pendant was handcrafted from a copper metal sheet. The cross was cut from copper and textured with a jewelers hammer. The turquoise bead and warm copper color go so well together. The pendant is hung from solid copper chain. I added twisted rope copper rings to add interest to the front of the necklace and reflect the design of the flat spacer placed under the turquoise. The chain is closed with a decorative toggle clasp and completes the necklace at a 20 inch length. The last picture shows the back of the pendant.
All Artisan Jewelry is one-of-a-kind handcrafted by JoAnn Williams in the Kaminski Jewelry Designs studio. The pictured piece is the item you will receive. All pieces come with a lovely gift box.
There are matching earrings posted as Handcrafted Metal Earrings under Earrings on the menu bar if you are interested in having a set.
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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