Wednesday, October 08, 2008

A Little History of Copper

I'm on a blogging role so to keep up with that, and tie into my camera earrings from yesterday's post, I thought I would tell you a little information and history about copper. Most of this pertains to copper in jewelry as my emphasis is to let people know a little more about this fabulous natural metal.

Copper is created in volcanic areas high in concentrations of hot sulfuric solutions. It is found worldwide, but 90% of the reserves are found in the Great Basin of the United States, Zambia, central Canada, and the Andes regions of Peru and Chile. Copper used to be associated with the Aphrodite and Venus, the goddesses of love and beauty.

Copper jewelry, bracelets in particular, date back to Ancient Egypt and Sumeria. Many notable people worn them around their arms and/or ankles. Pre-Columbian Americans also made and used copper jewelry. Copper jewelry has also become collectible. Famous and collectible names in copper jewelry include Renoit/Matisse, Rebajes, and Roycroft Studios from New York. Even small pieces from Roycroft Studios can bring in hundreds of dollars.

There are many medicinal uses for copper. While copper jewelry medicinal uses have not been proven, many people swear by their effect to alleviate arthritis. In fact, copper jewelry has been used for 100 years or more to relieve arthritis.

I know this is only a brief and one-sided history of copper, but I hope it has enlightened you even if just a little. I LOVE copper and I'm hoping to give it a little better reputation.

Enjoy your Wednesday!

8 comments:

High Desert Diva said...

Always interesting to read a little history...

Morrigan said...

That bracelet is stunning. Thank you for the history lesson as well (I always like learning new things).

picciolo said...

thanks for the history, it was really interesting, especially about where copper is found. Your new bracelet is gorgeous, I can see why you love copper it seems to have a great warmth about it somehow.
: )

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Nice to have some background. Can one use the cleaning solution that you wrote about a few posts ago to clear copper also?

jewelstreet said...

If the copper does not have a clear coat or is patina'd, you can most definitely use the cleaning solution in my other post.

Swift Jan said...

Wow.

Your work is divine!

Uneekdolldesigns said...

Such a beautiful bracelt, I love the warm look of copper!

American in Norway said...

Oh this is beautiful!