Embossed Copper Pendant Necklace with Turquoise Cab and Turquoise Coral Fossil Beads
I handcrafted this 1 3/4" Embossed Copper Pendant out of copper sheet., I embossed the metal and connected the two pieces with rivets to contain the lovely 18mm Turquoise Magnesite Cabochon. Included are 10mm and 6mm Turquoise Coral Fossil Riverstone Beads with Copper beadcaps, and 10mm wire coil copper beads. A copper leaf pattern hook and eye clasp closes this 18 1/2" necklace. The matching earrings shown in the picture are not included, but can be purchased separately. The colorful turquoise beads look so great with the copper elements. They just seem to glow. The last pictre shows the back of the pendant
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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