Copper Earrings with Red Jasper Cabochons and Beads and Copper Wirework
These Copper Dangle Earrings were handcrafted from copper metal sheet. Each copper oval has as it's centerpiece a Red Jasper cabochon. Copper wire crosses over the cabs to keep them secure along with a little dab of jewelers glue. Hanging from the copper ovals are lovely scrolled wire work with red jasper beads at the bottom. The earring backs are clip-on. Those can be changed to ear wires if you prefer. The length is measured from the top of the earring backs and are 2 1/2".
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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