Red Coral Copper and Silver Pendant on Copper Chain
I handcrafted this modern 2 1/2" Red Coral Copper and Silver Pendant out of metal sheets. I textured the copper with a jeweler's hammer. The 35mm rich Red Coral Disc is actually a bead and is attached to the circle with sterling wire. The the Sterling Wire was also used to make a wrapped bail. There is a small 1/2" nickel circle accent to balance the silver on the pendant. I riveted a copper support on the back of the pendant to keep the coral in place. This pendant is hung on Solid Copper 18 inch Rolo Chain and is closed with a handcrafted Copper S-Hook. If you prefer a different length that can be done at no extra charge.
CORAL - Coral symbolizes joy and happiness, it enables the wearer to enjoy life. Dark red coral is used for heating and stimulating the bloodstream.
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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