Trapezoid Copper Pendant with Turquoise Beads on Copper Chain
This gorgeous 2 1/4" x 1 3/4" Handcrafted Large Trapezoid Textured Copper Pendant is handcrafted from copper metal sheet. I cut the design from the sheet of metal, texturized and attached the layers with rivets. In the center of the design I placed a 25mm x 18mm Turquoise Trapezoid Bead by flattening the wire and tucking it under the top copper layer. the pendant hangs from a decorative copper chain and 6mm turquoise Magnesite Beads with copper discs interspersed throughout the beads. This necklace measures 31" long.
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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