Green Turquoise and Copper Hearts Earrings with Gold Filled Ear Wires
These sweet earrings are designed with 18.5 x 17mm Stamped Copper Hearts. Green Stabilized Turquoise is a lively splash of color with copper plated pewter Tube beads and oval spacers. You will enjoy wearing these fun 2 5/8" dangle earrings. The ear wires are rose gold filled and handcrafted by yours truly.
Gold filled wire has a thick coating of gold with brass inside and will wear as well as solid gold for years. Just wipe them with a soft cloth and gentle soap and water if you like. No harsh jewelry cleaner or cloth is needed.
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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