Embossed Copper Pendant and South American Topaz Beads on Copper Chain and Leather Cord
This pendant on this lovely necklace is made from triangular pieces of copper that I cut from a sheet and embossed. The two triangles are riveted together to create the pendant that measures 2 3/4" x 1 7/8". There are six 8mm vibrant red/orange South American Topaz Beads dangling at the bottom of the triangular copper piece. The pendant is hung on an antiqued Copper combination textured and plain chain that is connected to a Black Genuine Leather Cord with copper wire. The clasp on this 18 1/2" long necklace is also handcrafted by me with copper wire. You will not see anything like this one of kind piece on anyone else.
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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