- Copper is an extremely durable metal
- as jewellery, copper will last a lifetime or longer, when cared for properly
- some people find it beneficial to wear copper jewellery for the purpose of having a small amount of copper absorbed through the skin.
People who are deficient in copper may benefit from wearing copper jewellery, since it can be absorbed through the skin. Jewellery is a good way of taking in the small amount of the mineral needed. The healing properties of copper, in the form of bracelets, necklaces, rings, or earrings, can allow a minimal amount of the mineral into the body without overwhelming it. Some wearers of copper jewellery find it relieves the symptoms of arthritis and circulation problems.
Occasionally, copper jewellery or the skin of its wearer can turn green. This happens when the metal interacts with sweat and is referred to as copper chelates. The chelates assimilate to the body and are absorbed, and many wearers expect this to happen as proof that the copper is working with their body. Green coloring on the skin comes off with soap and water, and polishing copper jewellery is as easy as finding an acidic item in the kitchen. Lemon and ketchup are both excellent for cleaning copper jewellery. Simply place the piece of jewellery in a small bowl and cover with your choice of cleaner. Let it soak for no longer than 20 minutes. If necessary, use a soft toothbrush to reach into crevices on the jewellery. Use mild soap and water to wash the acidic cleaner off the jewellery and pat dry with a soft cloth. The piece of copper jewellery should regain its shine and look new again