Textured Red Patinaed Rectangular Copper Pendant with Red Beads on Brick Red Leather Cord
This Textured Red Patinaed Rectangular Copper Pendant is handcrafted from sheet metal and measures 1 7/8" x 1 1/4". I textured the copper with metal flower and circle stamps and added a light red patina. A red African bead is mounted on textured copper wire and sits suspended in the center of the pendant. Additional Red African Glass Beads and 10 x 5mm Copper beaded rondelles are hung with the pendant on brick red genuine leather cord. I closed this 17 1/2" necklace by copper wire wrapping the ends and a handcrafted textured S-Hook clasp. The red and copper make such a lovely combination and looks great when worn. Pictures just do not do it justice.
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.
If you need an adjustment in the size of any of my artisan items, earrings, bracelets or necklaces, just email me with your request prior to making payment. If you see something you like but would prefer a different color, let me know and I will see if I can accommodate you. I do take custom orders and will be happy to work with you to create your perfect piece.
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