COPPER SHOP - BRACELETS
In this section you'll find vintage copper bracelets
as well as contemporary bracelets made by Native American artists.
Contemporary Flat Twist
Verna Tahe, Navajo
6" - CSB104 - $35
Solid Copper Twist
6 1/2" - BP664 - $30
Benny Tahe, Navajo
6 1/2" - CSB612 - $35
6 5/8" - CSB91A - $35
Benny Tahe, Navajo
6 3/4" - CSB634 - $37
Vintage Solid Copper Link
6 3/4" - CSB95 - $20
Bell Trading Post
7"- CSB21C - $65
Mary Martza, Navajo
7" - CSB54B - $14
Copper oxidizes and darkens when it comes in contact with the air in the environment. It tends to get to a certain dark color but then it doesn't get any darker.
If you've ever seen copper roofs that have turned green, that is what is called copper patina. The copper has reacted with the environment and rain, especially if it is acidic rain.
The same sort of thing can happen when copper comes in contact with your skin if your skin is acidic. The acids in your skin combine with copper and make copper salts which are green. They are harmless and can simply be washed off.
Copper develops a patina, much like sterling silver, but faster and darker, especially in the presence of heat, sunlight, sweat, swimming pools and chlorine water, chemicals and cosmetics. Remove copper jewelry before bathing, swimming, doing dishes, putting on lotion or makeup.
Some people love the deep rich look of vintage copper while others like the bright shiny bronze look of clean copper.
Reaction between copper and your skin
If you have ever had a copper bracelet that started to turn green or even turn your skin green, you might have been turned off by copper.
The green color results from an individual's body chemistry at a particular time. Two people can wear the same bracelet and one person's wrist will turn green and the other's will not. A person can wear a copper bracelet one day with no green marks and the next day green marks might appear.
does the green tell you? The green color means that your skin has become more
acidic and has dissolved copper from the bracelet faster than the body can absorb
it. This usually happens when we sweat, when we are stressed, when we experience
dietary changes, mainly a poor diet (think junk food).
When the body is in a state of homeostasis, the copper is absorbed through the skin at the same rate it is dissolved from the bracelet so there are no green marks.
Some makers of copper jewelry, put a coating (sealer) on the copper item to preserve it and prevent the copper from interacting with the wearer's skin. But then, the purported health benefits of wearing copper would not be achieved.
Is there a health benefit to wearing copper?
There are many who swear by the health benefits of wearing copper (copper bracelet manufacturers) while others have the opposite viewpoint.
Most everyone agrees that wearing copper jewelry does no harm.
Proponents of the benefits say copper does some or all of the following and more:
To decide for yourself, here are some interesting articles on copper:
About Bell Trading Post
Bell Trading Post was founded in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1932 by Jack Michelson and his wife Mildred. They sold sterling silver, nickel silver, gold and copper southwest style jewelry at various tourist locations in the United States. Bell Trading Post got its name from Jack's wife, whose maiden name was Bell. Their main competitor was The Maisel Company until Maisel's closed in 1968. In 1969, Bell Trading Post and partners became Sunbell, the name which was then used on the jewelry. Sunbell continued to offer jewelry items as well as giftware and moccasins until the late 1980s. Over the years numerous hallmarks were used on items sold by Bell Trading Post and Sunbell. The hallmarks typically included the image of a bell or that of an arrow sign post with a bell sign hanging from it. Shown here are just a few of Bell Trading Post's and Sunbell's hallmarks.
According to trademark records the mark "Bell Jewelry" was first used in 1935, and the "Arrow post hanging bell sign" were first used in 1961. Read more about Bell Trading Post here.
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