Style Snapshot: Copper Jewelry is Hot Year-Round

Design Idea A35U Necklace
by Susanne Kathol, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

As reported by Worth Global Style Network (WGSN), the leading online trend-analysis and research service, "Copper is an apt material for the current consumer mood as it offers warmth and coziness but also brings an electric jolt of energy into design."

Copper and copper-colored materials, such as copper beads, copper wire, copper chain, cuffs, clasps and components, are key design elements. Copper jewelry is truly suited to every season due to its distinctive luster, rich color and earthy appeal, providing a sense of historical richness and ethnic edge to statement pieces. Add copper pieces to men and women's jewelry lines for year-round popularity and steady sales.

As one of the world's most popular metals, copper and its many alloys have played an important role in many ancient civilizations from the Egyptians to the Romans, Greeks and modern-day cultures. Copper was originally highly-prized for its use in weapons and tools and became popular for use in copper plates, cups, furnishings and jewelry. Copper has been used in jewelry from the earliest times, dating back to the 8th millennium BC because of its attractive color, malleability and healing properties.

Style Snapshot: Copper

The beauty of copper is in its earthy color. Copper jewelry changes over time from a shiny earthy brown to a deeper, more golden brown. And after years without maintenance, copper turns green, developing what is known as a patina. Copper is commonly associated with love and luck and is thought to assist in communication and balance and promote healing.

Combine copper metal beads with bronze beads and gold beads as these warm metallics blend beautifully for a magical feel. Copper beads work perfectly with natural tones, including brown, black and wood beads. Copper beads are nicely balanced when paired with white, neutrals and green tones, including turquoise gemstone beads. Copper is stunning with cool tones such as silver, blue and brilliant jewel tones. Shop Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' gemstone beads by color and take the guesswork out of designing stunning copper jewelry.

Copper's recyclability and natural tarnishing provides sustainable design and gives the wearer a feeling the piece has been unearthed from ages past. Prized by artisans for its resilience and flexibility, copper is beautiful in both its bright and oxidized forms, making it a natural choice for jewelry designs. The more distressed the copper jewelry the better--surfaces are disrupted, beaten, hammered and uneven, creating an artistic appeal. Offering an affordable alternative to precious metals, copper is making an appearance in high-end jewelry collections, carrying connotations of luxury and prestige.

Copper and Copper-Colored Beads and Components

Store copper jewelry in a dry environment. Care for copper jewelry by occasionally washing it with lukewarm, soapy water. Then, dry and polish copper jewelry with a soft cloth. If your copper jewelry tarnishes, as it naturally will, you can clean it using Empire's instant tarnish remover. You can also make your own solution to restore copper back to its original shine by using table salt and vinegar and rubbing the copper jewelry until tarnishing is removed and then rinsing with water and polishing with a soft, dry cloth. Salt and lemon also works too, pour salt on half of a lemon and rub over jewelry, then rinse with water and polish with soft, dry cloth.

Add eye-catching elements of copper and copper-colored components, wire, beads, chain and COPPRclay™ to jewelry pieces for stylish success.

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**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions. Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.



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