The word copper comes from the Latin word cuprum and this derives from the Greek work Kyprus. The Island of Cyprus was in antiquity the principal source of copper, and so the metal was named after it. Copper is also linked to the planet Venus and therefore represents feminine energy, love and the water element.
Pure copper is a metal of reddish-pink hue, and has a warm, beneficial glow which contrasts with the cold glint of steel. With something made out of iron one may feel ‘how strong’ or ‘how useful’, whereas with something made out of copper, the first impression is more aesthetic. Whether it is a copper bowl, a trumpet, or a green-domed copper roof, it is the visual appearance rather than the utility of the metal which first strikes one. It is such a soft and pliable metal that it needs to be alloyed with other metals, into brass or bronze, before it can be used for a structural purpose.
The names of the ores of copper point to gentle Venus qualities: azurite, malachite, turquoise, chalcopyrite and peacock ore.
Various forms of copper have been used for medicinal purposes throughout the history of mankind.
Copper is a trace element (Cu) which has been well accepted for its reported healing properties and its role in defending our bodies against infection.
As an antioxidant, Copper (especially when combined with vitamin C) seeks out damaging particles in the body which are known as free radicals. Free radicals occur naturally in the body and can damage cell walls and interact with genetic material. Free radicals are believed to contribute to the aging process. Antioxidants can neutralize free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause. Copper is also said to aid in the stabilization of metabolism and can also be of benefit to the lungs, improving the exchange of oxygen and filtering out pollutants.
Copper and other essential trace minerals cannot be formed by the human body. These minerals must be ingested in the diet or absorbed by the skin.
The antimicrobial properties of Copper have been known for more than five millennia. Ancient Egyptians used copper pipes to transport water to destroy parasites and other water-borne pathogens. Shipbuilders have used copper for thousands of years to keep algae from encrusting on the hulls of ships. French vintners have used a copper sulfate compound to fight fungus on grapevines for hundreds of years.
Copper is vital for: haemoglobin synthesis, connective tissue maturation especially in thecardiovascular system and in bones, proper nerve function and bone development. Copper plays a part in: lipid metabolism, arthritis and inflammatory disorders. Many western diets are low in copper, so supplements are beneficial.
Evidence has been presented to suggest that metallic copper in the form of copper bracelets may be effective in relieving arthritic discomfort. It is now accepted that dissolution of copper in sweat can be followed by absorption through the skin and that this provides a mechanism for direct, and possible local, copper supplementation and thereby a plausible explanation of the benefit of copper bracelets.
Copper, the metal of love, Venus and the water element is one of our favorite choices for metal charms, bracelets and wire wrapped crystals.
( references: wovenwire.com// Copper in Plant, Animal and Human Nutrition by the Copper Development Association// skyscript.co.uk).