Copper is said to be the first metal that was discovered by primitive man between 8000 and 9000 BC. It is a malleable metal that is also said to have antimicrobial properties. Over the span of several centuries, copper has been used and reused to create some of the most stunning pieces of jewelry, with rudimentary tools as well as state of the art machinery. In fact, there are also many myths and legends that are related to copper jewelry. Egyptians wore jewelry made of copper because they believe that it warded off the evil eye while Incan and Aztec warriors wore copper pendants as it was believed that it enhanced the skill of fighting. Even in the modern day and age, many believe that copper bracelets can alleviate pains in the wrists and hands that are as severe as arthritis. Copper’s use has been diversified in the modern day to create idols of deities, which is then plated with gold.
Copper jewelry is made by heating the metal to a certain temperature and then fashioning a slab of a particular thickness by pounding it. Patterns are then cut out and molded by using machines. Jewelry in this metal is often found in geometric jewelry as well as traditional motifs such as flowers. Under contemporary designers, copper has been mixed with sterling silver, gold and ivory to create sturdy yet ornate looking alloys. These can then be inlaid with precious and semi-precious jewels to create gorgeous yet affordable pieces of jewelry. Copper is also used as a base in the costume jewelry worn by Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak and Oddisi dancers.
Currently, jewelry and accessories in copper are made to appear like antique jewelry as this metal has a very earthy and ornate appeal. Articles like amulets, waist bands, toe rings, chokers and magnetic bracelets are among the popular jewelry styles in Copper.