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Copper is important in the history of man as it is one of the first metals ever mined and worked by human hands over 10,000 years ago. It was also a primary component of the first metal alloys. Gold and iron may have been used even earlier than copper, but we learned to smelt copper before iron.

What is a copper deficiency?

Many people suffer from copper deficiency which can be caused by a diet lacking in foods containing copper or from taking supplements that reduce the absorption of copper such as high doses of vitamin C or zinc. Copper is necessary for proper bone, nervous system, joint, and circulatory system health. Although many people take vitamin supplements, if the body is unable to metabolize the mineral it may cause damage. Therefore, some people find it more beneficial to wear copper jewelry so small amounts of copper can be absorbed through the skin as needed.

What are the health benefits of copper?

Wearing copper jewelry is very beneficial for those deficient in copper. Small amounts of the mineral can be absorbed safely through the skin while wearing jewelry such as bracelets, necklaces, rings, or earrings without overloading the body. Copper must touch the skin to be absorbed so sealed copper will not be released into the body. Some find the healing properties of copper relieves the symptoms of arthritis and circulation problems.

What are the holistic and spiritual properties of copper?

Holistically, copper is considered a grounding metal for the human body and spirit. It is called the body metal, whereas; silver is known as the metal of the spirit, and gold is the metal of the mind.

Spiritually, copper was used in ancient times for totems and talismans and highly regarded as a metal capable of storing healing properties and protective properties.

In theory, coated copper may be used for holistic and spiritual uses. However, some believe these properties could be limited by the presence of a physical barrier or coating on the copper. For healing properties, it is preferred that copper jewelry should not be coated to allow slow absorption directly through contact with the skin.

Care and Cleansing

As copper naturally ages, it starts to oxidize and will develop a lovely green patina that protects the metal beneath from further degradation, but if you would like to return it to it's shiny new penny color, it can be gently polished with baking soda. You can cleanse it between uses using a damp soapy cloth, but don't leave it soaking or use harsh chemicals on your copper jewelry. Make sure to rinse and dry thoroughly before storing. Keep your copper jewelry in tarnish free bags to prevent aging.