Long Turquoise Necklace with Copper Chain and Brown Leather Cord
This attractive long necklace is composed of 8 x 20mm Faceted Stabilized Turquoise Nugget beads and Natural 6mm Turquoise nuggets. The beads are wire wrapped and attached to a lustrous hammered 6mm Copper chain. I have also added two 15mm Copper Diamond shaped connectors that add interest. The chain and beads are connected to a dark brown Genuine Leather cord that I have wire wrapped the ends with copper wire and added an S-clasp. This necklace is 32" long and looks stunning when worn. Copper and Turquoise go so well together they seem to complement each other.
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.
TURQUOISE - Metaphysical Properties: Assists in healing emotional stress and pain, including the physical symptoms of stress. They believe it dispels fear, lifts depression and brings a sense of happiness, serenity and self-confidence to the wearer.
Turquoise was one of the earliest gems to be used for personal adornment. It was used by Ancient Egypt rulers around 5500 BC. The name Turquoise dates to 16th century and derived from Old French word for "Turkish", because it entered Western Europe through Asia Minor.
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