Copper is the oldest metal ore, mined by prehistoric man and later used by the Egyptians to create alloys. (copper + tin =bronze, copper + zinc = brass) The more copper a person owned, the greater their social status within society. Being a soft and malleable metal, it was used to create jewelry for royalty and high officials and was used for religious ceremonies and medical procedures.
Copper is an Essential Mineral:
Our bodies use copper for proper bone, nervous system, joint, and circulatory system health. Many people are deficient in this mineral because their diet lacks food containing copper such as shellfish, certain nuts, chocolate, liver, or red wine. Oral supplements can overload the body, so some people find it beneficial to wear copper jewelry for the purpose of having a small amount of copper absorbed through the skin. For this enzymatic reaction to occur, the copper must come into contact with the body’s skin oils and acids, so coated copper will not work.
Some wearers of copper jewelry find it relieves the symptoms of arthritis and circulation problems.
Copper has historically been considered a grounding metal for the human body and spirit. (Silver is the metal of the spirit, and gold is the metal of the mind.)
Spiritually, copper is also considered a metal capable of storing healing properties holistically, as well as having protective properties. This is why it was used in ancient times for totems and talismans.