by John Brana March 13, 2023
Embellishing with copper has been a timeless trend among generations - from the magnificent Egyptians to today's stylish fashionistas. Adornment of this earthy metal is as ancient as it is modern, giving jewelry-lovers an essence of history and style all in one. With its unique color and properties, copper jewelry is a timeless material that has withstood the test of time. Let’s take a look at why copper jewelry is trending right now and explore some of the techniques and tips for crafting, keeping, and wearing this classic material.
Copper jewelry has been around since ancient times. Copper was one of the first metals used by ancient cultures, and it was used for a variety of purposes including jewelry. For thousands of years, we've found creative ways to decorate ourselves with jewelry - beginning in Egypt as early as 5000 BC when they adorned their arms and ankles with bangles and bracelets. This trend quickly spread to other civilizations including the Greeks and Romans who crafted intricate pieces from bronze—which is an alloy made by combining copper with tin or arsenic. During the Renaissance period, artisans began creating more detailed designs with new techniques such as hammering or soldering. These techniques remain popular today for creating intricate designs that can’t be replicated with other materials like gold or silver.
Wearing copper jewelry can supposedly help boost energy, reduce pain and improve blood circulation. However, numerous scientific studies have debunked these claims - particularly with regards to alleviating arthritic pains. Nonetheless, companies selling copper or magnetic bracelets still promulgate health benefits such as improved flow of oxygenated blood and toxin removal without any reliable evidence backing them up. In reality though, the potential advantages stemming from wearing this type of jewelry could very well be down to its effectiveness in triggering a placebo effect rather than anything else!
There are several different crafting techniques used to create beautiful pieces of copper jewelry today. Artisans continue to rely on classic methods of hammering, chasing, and raising when crafting intricate designs, uniting time-honored processes with creative flair. However, modern technology has also allowed for more creative designs through laser cutting and etching which can produce pieces with more intricate details than ever before.
Taking care of your copper jewelry is important if you want it to last over time! When wearing your piece make sure it fits comfortably so that it doesn’t rub against your skin too much which could cause irritation or discoloration over time. Store your piece away from moisture or direct sunlight when not in use which will help prevent tarnishing or fading of the metal over time. Cleaning your piece regularly using a soft cloth will also help keep it looking shiny and new!
At John S Brana Handmade Jewelry, we've gone the extra mile to protect your jewelry. All our earrings are coated with a non-toxic polymer that guards against tarnish and other impurities – so you can trust they'll look as beautiful in decades down the line as when they first arrived! And if you want an added layer of protection for uncoated cuffs or bangle bracelets made from copper, just apply Mother's Mag & Aluminum Polish - it works on all metals!
As trends come and go it’s hard to predict what will be popular next year or even five years down the line - but one thing is certain; copper jewelry will always have a timeless appeal! From classic styles inspired by history to innovative designs being crafted today with modern technology - there's something for everyone when it comes to this classic material!
Copper jewelry has stood the test of time thanks to its timeless appeal! From ancient Egyptians who wore bangles made out of this beautiful metal to fashionistas rocking statement pieces on Instagram - there's no denying that copper jewelry isn't going anywhere anytime soon! Whether you're looking for a classic copper cuff made out of traditional methods or an edgy pair copper earrings - there's a perfect piece out there waiting just for you! So don't wait any longer - explore all that copper has to offer today!
John S Brana, based in San Francisco, is the founder of John S Brana Handmade Jewelry with over two decades of expertise in crafting distinctive handcrafted pieces. Transitioning from a finance and banking career in 2004, John manages everything from design to marketing. His modern, urban-inspired creations have graced fashion editorials, resonating with stylish, adventurous enthusiasts who value exquisite craftsmanship and luxury. Every piece narrates a distinct tale, mirroring the wearer's individuality.
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