Copper cuffs are part of our history. In fact, they have been part of many ancient cultures including the Egyptians, Incas, Mayans and Chinese. In the Mayan and Egyptian culture in particular, cuffs were an important adornment and measure of social class. These bracelets were composed mainly of metal.
|When designing a pure copper bracelet, I love working with the copper in the design because copper offers so many options to add color to the metal. Did you know that by using a simple recipe of ammonia and vinegar, we can make the copper turn blue-green? And this is just one of the endless patinas available in my copper cuff bracelets.|
|For this reason, most of my pieces include at least one element of this metal. Many are pure copper bracelets with each component sporting a different patina (or color). Possibilities are endless as you will see while viewing my available designs. Each one is one-of-a-kind, making a very unique bracelet. I simply have way too many ideas in my head to keep making the same design over and over!|
|Such is the dilemma of an artist. When customers ask how I think of all these designs, I have to reply: “ I cannot STOP the ideas from filling my mind and exploding out onto my jewelry bench.”|
|Some of my bracelets are designed in sterling silver too. I love the richness of this metal in a cuff bracelet. For the most part though my jewelry will feature one element in silver, and the remaining elements in pure copper.|
|Gemstone are added to some of my designs too. I love combining the earthiness of the silver and copper metals with the beauty of the gems. In fact gems such as turquoise and malachite are often found when mining copper. That’s why these particular gems really ‘pop’ against the copper in these handcrafted copper bracelets.|
Have fun searching my collection of copper bracelets for sale for your perfect copper cuff. Keep in mind that you will wear the unique adornment for many years.
Choose one that speaks to you… and Enjoy!
The Cultural Significance of the Bracelet
Although the term armlet may be technically similar, it is taken to mean an item that sits on the upper shoulder: an arm ring. The origin of the term 'bracelet' is from the Greek 'brachile' meaning 'of the arm', via the Old French 'bracel'.
The history of Egyptian bracelets is as old as 5000 BCE. Starting with materials like bones, stones and woods to serve religious and spiritual interests. From the National Geographic Society, the Scarab Bracelet is one of the most recognized symbols of ancient Egypt. The scarab represented rebirth and regeneration. Carved scarabs were worn as jewelry and wrapped into the linen bandages of mummies. Myth told of the scarab god, Khepri, pushing the sun across the sky.
In 2008, Russian archaeologists from the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of Novosibirsk, working at the site of Denisova Cave in theAltai Mountains of Siberia, uncovered a small bone fragment from the fifth finger of a juvenile hominin, dubbed the "X woman" (referring to the maternal descent of mitochondrial DNA,) or the Denisova hominin. Artifacts, including a bracelet, excavated in the cave at the same level were carbon dated to around 40,000 BP.
In Greece a similar tradition, weaving a bracelet from red and white string on the first day of March and wearing it till the end of summer, is called "Martis" and is considered to help protect the wearer's skin from the strong Greek sun.
In Latin America, Azabache Bracelets are worn to protect against the Mal de ojo, or evil eye. The evil eye is believed to result of excessive admiration or envious looks by others. Having newborn babies wear an azabache (a gold bracelet or necklace with a black or red coral charm in the form of a fist), is believed to protect them from the evil eye.