I love working with Cooper, it’s such a unique and original metal to work with.
Copper Jewellery is to last a lifetime or longer, when cared for properly
Copper is the oldest metal ore. Originally mined by prehistoric man, evidence points to the first discovery of copper approximately 13,000 years ago. Refining processes took a little longer to establish, around 5000 BC, mainly in the Middle East.
Copper is an easy medium to work with and was known to be commissioned by Royalty and well to do people to create crowns and other elements that signified their station. I adore making Statement Earrings and using Copper with wonderful Crystals for Statement Necklaces.
Copper was known to be used in religious and spiritual ceremonies, as well as for medical procedures. The Egyptians with their Hieroglyphics depict that not only was copper valuable, but as a “Cooper Jewellery” and the owners of copper held an increased status in that era.
The Early Americas also used copper, mainly to produce jewellery, items such as beads and earrings. With the arrival of Europeans on the continent, copper jewellery, mainly bracelets, gained a whole new significance as a trading item for Native Americans. To this day, Native Americans still value copper jewellery highly. In fact, many Native American reservations still produce copper jewellery, with bracelets, pendants and earrings containing Native American markings and etchings being a popular tourist souvenir.
The Egyptians were the first to create metal alloys from copper – bronze (copper and tin) and brass (copper and zinc). The metal was highly prized in its natural form, as well as for use as an alloy. The more copper a person owned, the greater their social status within society