Wearing Copper Jewelry for Your Good Health

Copper Jewelry Health Benefits

Copper jewelry is quite popular thanks to its attractiveness and versatility. There are so many creative designs available because of the softness and malleability of copper. But did you know that there may also be health benefits from copper jewelry?

Handmade Copper Magic Mushroom Ring
Handmade Copper Magic Mushroom Ring

Copper rings, necklaces, and bracelets are once again becoming very popular. Many people believe that by wearing copper jewelry, your skin will absorb minerals from the copper and provide the wearer with positive health benefits. Key to efficient metabolism, absorption and transportation of iron throughout the body, and melanin production in the skin, copper is an essential trace mineral.

There is some debate about whether copper jewelry can help improve your health. Common assertions include pain relief, especially arthritis, and/or improving skin tone. Copper bracelets with magnets in them are a common over the counter arthritis remedy. Magnetic copper bracelets can help reduce pain if you suffer from osteo and rheumatoid arthritis.

Copper Jewelry History

Hammered Copper Cuff Bracelet
Hammered Copper Cuff Bracelet

Since copper can be easily minipulated into many forms, it has been favored by many ancient cultures. Eastern Europe, Egypt, and Iran have many astonishing examples of early copper jewelry. In its natural occurring state, copper was likely the first metal used by early man. By 8000 B.C., copper was used as a substitute for stone by Neolithic man. Around 4000 B.C., the Egyptians started casting copper, and by 3500 B.C. it was alloyed with tin to produce Bronze. In mythology and alchemy, copper was associated with the goddess Aphrodite, relating to its radiant beauty and use in producing mirrors. The name copper is derived from the Latin aes Cyprium, which means “metal of Cyprus,” which was later shortened to cyprium, and later corrupted to cuprum.  In the United States, the unique symbol for the 7th Wedding Anniversary is copper, which can be made into beautiful designer copper jewelry that she can treasure for her entire life.

Copper jewelry will eventually oxidize, unless it has been coated with varnish or a protectant. When copper tarnishes it turns a beautiful green color. Skin that has reacted with copper will often turn green as well and the reaction is completely harmless to the body. You will have a higher chance of your skin turning green the more often you wear your jewelry, especially rings.  By following a few simple steps, most copper jewelry is easily cleaned with a few household ingredients.

The Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan has probably the world’s largest concentration of native copper. Other localities include Bolivia, the Ural Mountains in Russia, England, Australia, Germany, and Arizona. Regardless of the myths and folk lore surrounding the medicinal value of wearing copper jewelry, the warm rich tones of copper jewelry make it a “must have” of any fashion conscious woman.

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