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Any skin reactions with copper jewelry?

Started 1335102562.967 in Jewelry Talk | Last reply 1335203510.24 by itslikeherdingcats

I have totally ignored the stampede to copper and brass jewelry. Now that I realize the price of gold and silver may never come down, I have to open my mind or forego new inexpensive jewelry purchases. I love the look of turquoise and copper that Jay King is currently showing. But what will a bracelet do to my skin? And more seriously, what will copper earrings do to my ears? The posts may not be copper, but copper will still touch your skin. What has been your experience with the "new" metals?

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Clover291335107146.45311493 PostsRegistered 1/19/2008

I had one pair of bronze earrings (small studs in the shape of a flying eagle) that turned my ears green within a day.

I can wear copper bracelets without them doing anything to my skin, but the bracelet itself turns black with only a couple of day's wear. It cleans up easily enough, I have a copper dip, but you can see tarnish starting within a couple of hours. It loses the nice bright coppery color and starts to dull.

I think I just have the sort of body chemistry that doesn't like copper (or bronze) jewelry, like some people - but not everyone - get a nickel allergy.

I don't have any issues with other alloys containing copper, like rose gold. I think the percentage of copper has to be pretty high before it "turns" on me.

depglass1335120656.55724997 PostsRegistered 11/14/2006

There is only one person that has bought copper or brass???

GinaV241335122641.8775002 PostsRegistered 7/23/2010

I'm fortunate that I don't seem to have an allergic reaction to most metals, although I wouldn't buy earrings that had copper or bronze posts. A few months ago I bought a pair of copper earrings from Jay King's line - the posts were sterling and a bead necklace with copper accents. I love both and really enjoy the look.

I guess it depends on what you like and your body can tolerate. I tend to buy jewelry that I "like" and think is a good price for the item. As you say, the price of gold has made me stop buying since I don't really like dental floss weight necklaces.

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depglass1335123675.724997 PostsRegistered 11/14/2006

My jewelry purchases are a fix, not an investment.

GinaV241335124278.9235002 PostsRegistered 7/23/2010

LOL, I hear you

itslikeher­dingcats1335203510.244039 PostsRegistered 9/20/2010

I've always loved copper and it is supposed to help with pain, but I wear it because I love it with my coloring. Genuine copper that is of good quality will dull and get a patina but a simple dip in katsup cleans it right up. It doesn't stain my skin at all either.

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