Verdigris Copper Patina Industrial Earrings


Verdigris Copper Patina Industrial Earrings made from copper sheet. Copper has been given a verdigris patina on the front side through an all natural process that took about 2 weeks to complete. I drilled 11 holes in each verdigris piece using different size drill bits to give them a cool industrial vibe. Backside was left just bare copper.  Very eco friendly and one of a kind.  Measure approx 1" x 1-1/4" (25x32mm) on hand formed antique brass earwires.  I sealed the verdigris color with a jewelers wax to help preserve the color.  Copper is also a gift for 7th anniversary.  Handmade by me with love.


Copper Information:


Copper oxidizes and darkens when it comes in contact with the air in the environment. It tends to get to a certain dark color but then it doesn’t get any darker.  Copper develops a patina, especially in the presence of heat, sunlight, sweat, swimming pools and chlorine water, chemicals and cosmetics. I like my copper to develop a Patina so I never take off my cuff. But you can lessen the process by removing copper jewelry before bathing, swimming, doing dishes, putting on lotion or makeup.  


The same sort of thing can happen when copper comes in contact with your skin if your skin is acidic. The acids in your skin combine with copper and make copper salts which are green. They are harmless and can simply be washed off.


If you have ever had a copper bracelet that started to turn green or even turn your skin green, the green color results from an individual’s body chemistry at a particular time. Two people can wear the same bracelet and one person’s wrist will turn green and the other’s will not. A person can wear a copper bracelet one day with no green marks and the next day green marks might appear.


The green color means that your skin has become more acidic and has dissolved copper from the bracelet faster than the body can absorb it. This usually happens when we sweat. 


Green marks might also appear when the body is deficient in copper so is trying to obtain it a rate faster than it can absorb.


Some makers of copper jewelry, put a coating (sealer) on the copper item to preserve it and prevent the copper from interacting with the wearer’s skin. But then, the purported health benefits of wearing copper would not be achieved.



Keep cooper in a cool, dry place. If possible, store in an anti-tarnish pouch, box or cloth. If you have none of these, use a tightly sealing plastic bag to keep air from contacting the copper items. Adding a strip of anti-tarnish paper can also slow down tarnish.


To maintain the shine, you can buff a copper piece with an anti-tarnish cloth.




Reported Health Benefits of Wearing Copper Jewelry:


Many people swear to the benefit levels of wearing copper jewelry.  Most people agree it isn't harmful so why not try it out. Proponents of the benefits of wearing copper say it does some or all of the following and more:


*Provide necessary copper by absorption through the skin.

*Relive arthritis, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome pain etc. by acting as an anti-inflammatory 

*Clears the body of toxins

*Aid in healing


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