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Most customers like to wear copper and do not care about having an occasional green stain under their bracelets. Other people are very health conscious and, as proof that the copper is working, they expect to see a green mark where copper touches the skin, the same marks that make others feel self conscious. Ironically, the green copper stains seem to prefer the people who worry the most about getting them. The same bracelet which remains shinny for one person, will turn another person's wrist green, or may acquire multicolored patinas on another. Could these changes be related to a person's metabolism?

The answer is Yes! The green stains are caused by deposits of chelated copper and their presence relates directly to the body chemistry of the wearer. Chelated means they are copper compounds in a soluble form assimilable by our bodies. Copper in its pure metallic form cannot be taken in by our bodies, while chelated copper compounds are easily absorbed by our skin. They become visible when the wearer's body is dissolving the copper faster than it is absorbing it. This happens when there is profuse perspiration (as when exercising on a hot day), or when our sweat becomes more acidic. The acidity of our sweat increases with physical, emotional or mental stress. It also increases with unhealthy diets.

Green marks are also believed to appear when the body is hungry for copper. The human body needs more minerals when grow in & when pregnant, or when recovering from disease or surgery. A body starving for copper will even manage to dissolve the copper contained in gold alloys and leave marks under 14K gold rings. If you suspect having copper deficiency, please consult your holistic doctor, naturopath or dietician, who by ordering a simple blood test will know the mineral supplements you need to regain balance. As prevention, choose to eat organically grown produce whenever possible.

The green stains are normally absorbed overnight and if needed they wash off with soapy water. If wearers strongly dislike the green marks, they have two choices. They can choose to address the causes and make healthier choices or simply ignore the warning and wear no more copper. Whenever possible we teach our customers how to read the changes in their copper jewelry and how to maintain it by themselves. If a customer chooses to wear no copper and wishes to return a newly purchased bracelet, we offer as a courtesy to exchange it for a design with sterling silver in contact with the skin (such as our #51 Mayan Silver), or for one of our Gold & Silver rings. We also suggest people to re-shine their old bracelets and give them away as presents.

Copper On Skin - Scientific Facts

  • "Copper, when in contact with the skin, form chelates with human sweat (sometimes seen as a green deposit under the bracelet) and is thus absorbed through the skin. Think of a bracelet as a 'time-release'source of copper.''
    —Dr. Ray Walker, Univ. of Newcastle, Australia.
  • "Copper compounds are more effective and less toxic than drugs being used to treat arthritis.''
    —Dr. John Sorenson.
  • Copper and zinc (our jeweler's brass is 85 1/6% copper + 15% zinc), are two essential minerals needed to sustain human life. The natural mineral contents of commercially grown American produce have been steadily decreasing for the last 30 years.
  • "Treat inflammation with pulverized copper.''
    —From the Eber Papyrus, one of the world's oldest known medical texts.
  • In medieval Europe the famous physician Paracelsus prescribed copper and brass bracelets to treat the 'bad mixture of bodily humors." They continued to be widely used in Europe until early this century to promote physical and mental health and to increase male potency (coincidentally a relation between copper deficiency and sterility in cattle has been recently reported).
  • In 1939, the German physician Werner Hangarter, reported that Finish copper miners were free of arthritis in spite of rheumatism being a widespread disease in Finland. He proceeded to successfully treat rheumatoid arthritis, neck and back problems with copper compounds. But interest in copper treatments became dormant after WWII, which coincided with the introduction of corticoids, initially hailed as 'wonder drugs'' until their side effects became better known.


Arthritis is the number one crippling disease in America. The American Arthritis Foundation calls copper bracelets an ''unproven remedy.'' There is overwhelming circumstantial evidence to warrant clinical trials by the Food & Drug Administration to prove or disprove the therapeutic effects of wearing copper. Having at stake the potential discovery of a new treatment for arthritis, why are those tests not being done?

In the developing world, where people cannot afford expensive drugs, copper bracelets are sold by pharmacists as he treatment of choice for aches and pains. But doctors in the USA are required to prescribe drugs, risking their license if they subject a patient to try an ''unproven remedy" such as wearing a copper bracelet. As a result of this practice, arthritis sufferers in America often spend more on pain pills than on nutritious food. All those pills have fueled a multi-billion dollar industry for which a copper treatment approved by the FDA would be bad news. Could it be that in their efforts to market their business these powerful drug companies are somehow diminishing our resolve to complete the testings of this natural and affordable alternative?