Will Copper Ear Wires turn my ears Green?

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I usually add this to my copper jewlery listings.

DID YOU KNOW?
Copper Jewelry is beautiful, but also it's a very healthy jewelry.

Did you copper is needed in our bodies? It's a highly important element for balancing other elements in our body. It keeps our blood vessels elastic. It is really important for bone formation and healing, skin formation and repair. Not only is is great to wear for your health it looks great too. Try it with autumn colored clothing, with black t-shirts or any other dark top.

Since the dawn of civilization people used copper because of its unusual strengths. Wise people engraved prayers on copper stones or copper plates to deliver a strong message to other worlds. Is it believed that copper stimulates energy flow to itself, so when copper jewelry is on body it helps to accumulate more energy. It also seems to help with avoiding lethargic tendencies and as a result of wearing it you may feel re-vitalized and stronger. It helps you to concentrate your thoughts. Copper is absorbed through skin and has pain-relieving effect, which is why copper bracelets are so popular for people suffering with arthritis. Copper is known to increase blood circulation and reduce pain in muscles. Many people suffering with arthritis will not leave home without a bracelet.

Wearing copper jewelry you might notice green stains on your skin under the place of contact with copper. Don't panic. It's all right; it will come off in a day or two. It’s just copper entering your body. It usually happens in warm days. If you want to avoid it, paint inside of a bracelet with a transparent nail polish, but this will prevent health benefits of copper too. These stains aren't known to do any harm for you.

Copper jewelry, like many other metals is known to tarnish over time. To clean jewelry, made from copper, just put it in a small solution of lemon or lime juice with a dash of salt, it will shine as new. Alternatively you can keep it in copper jewelry box, preventing continuous air exposure, which causes copper jewelry to tarnish.

It’s not always about how it works but about how it looks and how much you love the piece.

Posted at 11:22am Sep 17, 2007 EDT

Higher-priced ones can be niobium, a hyperallergenic metal:
www.rings-things.com/cgi-bin/hazel/hazel.cgi?action=detail&item=34-...

Lower-priced ones can be base metal (no lead, no nickel) with a copper-colored finish and protective coating:
www.geminidreamsbeads.com/pd_fish_hook_earring_findings_1_cp_12_pk.cfm

Posted at 11:31am Sep 17, 2007 EDT

copper might be healthy, but i still don't think people want green earlobes.

Posted at 11:49am Sep 17, 2007 EDT

I think it depends for how long you wear them. I've been wearing some earrings I made with copper wires and I wear them every few days for a few hours (8ish) at a time and my ears aren't turning green. (whew!)
Doesn't moisture also have a lot to do with it, too?

Posted at 11:53am Sep 17, 2007 EDT

adornyou says

thank you all, very interesting!!

Posted at 12:39pm Sep 17, 2007 EDT

I'm interested in hearing about this. I wear earrings with copper earwires frequently - no green stains so far for me. I have noticed tarnish, though...much like sterling.

Posted at 12:41pm Sep 17, 2007 EDT

I LOVE copper. But yes, copper can turn your skin green. I made a copper ring for myself, and although it is beautiful it did turn my finger green. So, I personally would not sell copper rings. The ear wire I use is commercial and copper colored, thus no problem there. I am allergic to nickel and have not had any problems with them either. I have a lot of wire wrapped pieces and although they will tarnish like ss they do not turn anything green. And you can shine up copper like you can ss if it tarnishes.

Posted at 12:50pm Sep 17, 2007 EDT

Awesome design, PAC!

Posted at 3:06pm Oct 15, 2007 EDT

Duet says

I know this was buried, but I chanced upon it while looking for something else, and it caught my eye.

adornyou, if you wanted to know about the ones you got from me (at DuetSupplies) then I can tell you that the copper IS sealed. That is a barrier against the chemical reaction that happens between highly acidic skin and copper, but not a foolproof. Your body acid can eventually eat away at a sealant. Nail polish will fix that for long periods of time, though. There is also a professional grade sealant availible, but the name escapes me, sorry.

I will say this--I couldn't wear copper at ALL as a kid and teen. I CAN wear my own copper earwires:)

~Duet~

Posted at 1:30pm Oct 24, 2007 EDT

popping it back up for the interesting information

Posted at 1:09am Nov 17, 2007 EST