If it sounds too good to be true ...
It sounds great and many jewelry sites advertise it! Wear "healing" copper bracelets/jewelry and rid yourself of arthritis and other ailments; I guess it's a "selling point" and many people are desperately in pain, but this statement is unfortunately not true. I've been searching the web for scientific backup and found studies that have been done yet none have found solid evidence of such healing effect of wearing copper jewelry. Click HERE to read more about one of these studies.
Please be aware, that any perceived physical benefits from wearing copper are most likely due to the placebo effect rather than the physical properties of the copper jewelry.
"In spite of all the science, there may be some benefit from wearing copper, if someone believes in them and they come to no harm from missing out on other treatment that has been proven to be effective." *read more at www.medicalnewstoday.com
I admit it, I have tried them myself since I'm riddled with arthritis throughout my body. I've purchased promising rings and bracelets, with and without magnets and I truly wanted to believe that they may help, yet In the end these pieces only turned green on my skin and since I did not buy them as a fashion accessory, they ended up in one of my jewelry boxes.
some people's skin turns green, why is that?
Copper is a natural occurrence in nature and is an essential trace element in the human body and contributes to the proper functioning of our organs and metabolic processes.
Each individual body has their own chemistry and will react differently then the next person to any kind of metal. When copper is exposed to air, sweat and other chemicals such as soaps, lotions, etc. it naturally oxidizes and turns black and your skin may turn green-ish. Medically it means nothing other then your body chemistry is reacting neither good or bad to the copper, it's just reacting. The green-ish color on your wrist, finger or neck is easily washed off with warm, soapy water. If you should have a reaction, just limit the times you wear the piece. Put it aside for a few days and use it only for certain occasions if the discoloration of skin bothers you. There is nothing wrong with you.
I protect my jewelry for your benefit
I want to make sure you get the most out of your WPR treasures and that they have a long life. I protect all metals with one or two processes (depending on the look I'm trying to reach).
In either case, a final coat of renaissance wax is added to protect your WPR treasures from leaving green-ish colored stains on your skin. It is not a permanent solution, however, the British Museum is using it to protect their antiques and I have to agree, that if it's good enough to protect royal treasures, it's good enough to protect mine and your Wires Plies and Rocks Treasures.
Another process that I frequently use and I personally love this style, is to patina or oxidize the piece on purpose with a solution called Liver of Sulfur. It's a very easy process of dipping the piece for less then a minute into the solution, rinse and remove most of the black color with warm soapy water and a sponge to create the desired vintage or antiqued look. The patina layer itself helps to protect the skin from discoloration, but the layer may eventually wear off and you might end up with red looking copper again. Though it may be a look you may like in the end, because parts of the piece still have the patina and the piece naturally starts looking more and more vintage on its own.
To ultimately prevent the layer of patina to rub off and onto your skin I add the final coat of Renaissance wax.
In conclusion all I wanted to say is, buy copper jewelry because you like the look and the piece. Wear it for the love of it and don't look for medial benefits; I can't promise you any from my WPR treasures. Don't spend your money on foolish promises that no on can keep.
Just enjoy your Wires Pliers and Rocks copper jewelry.
Sabina Gadallah | Author
I'm not a writer but I have learned a thing or two and gained some life knowledge, which I'm willing to share to the best of my ability. If you're here and reading this, please leave me a comment. I'd love to hear from you.