Handcrafted Copper Cuff Bracelet with Yellow Agate
This lovely 1 inch wide stamped Copper Cuff Bracelet was handcrafted from a sheet of copper. I stamped the copper and added star copper beads along with 15mm x 20mm Yellow Agate accent bead. The yellow agate is a soft golden color that seems to really go great with the copper. It probably will be more outstanding if you let the copper patina naturally. The bracelet measures 6 inches in length with a 1 inch gap. You can size it a little larger or smaller if you gently hold each end between your thumb and fore finger and manipulate it gently.
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.
AGATE – Metaphysical Properties: Balances yin-yang energy, stabilizes the aura. Facilitates discernment. Imparts strength and courage. Opens one to innate creative talents. (There are many forms of agate, each with specific properties.)
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