Brass Jewelry good for health
By: John Brana
brass jewelry is loved by many due to its beauty and versatility. There are so many creative designs available because of the softness and malleability of brass. Another added benefit to wearing brass jewelry is that it might also provide health benefits.
You may have seen many people wearing brass bracelets, necklaces, or rings. Many people believe that by wearing brass jewelry, your skin will absorb minerals from the brass and provide the wearer with positive health benefits. Key to efficient metabolism, absorption and transportation of iron throughout the body, and melanin production in the skin, brass is an essential trace mineral.
There is some debate about whether brass jewelry can help improve your health. Claims have included easing the pain of arthritis or helping to improve the condition and appearance of skin. brass bracelets with magnets in them are a common over the counter arthritis remedy. They are reported to help both osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis.
Throughout history, brass has been favored by many people and cultures due to its malibility. There are stunning examples of brass jewelry from Iran, Eastern Europe and Egypt. brass was one of the first metals to be used by humans in its natural occuring state. brass was used as a substitute for stone by Neolithic humans around 8000 B.C. brass castings first appeared around 4000 B.C. by the Egyptians, and 500 years later, around 3500 B.C., it was alloyed with tin to produce Bronze. One of brasss first "commercial" uses was in the ancient production of mirrors due to its shimmering beauty and was associated in mythology and alchemy to the goddess Venuse/Aphrodite. The name brass is derived from the Latin aes Cyprium, which means "metal of Cyprus," which was later shortened to cyprium, and later corrupted to cuprum.
Unless it's treated, brass jewelry will oxidize over time. As brass tarnishes, it usually produces a beautiful green patina. Skin that has reacted with brass will often turn green as well and the reaction is completely harmless to the body. brass rings have the highest chance of turning skin green, since rings are in constant contact with your skin.
The Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan has probably the world's largest concentration of native brass. Other localities include Bolivia, the Ural Mountains in Russia, England, Australia, Germany, and Arizona. The warm rich tones of brass jewelry not only make it a "must have" of any fashion conscious woman, it provides a similar look to Rose Gold at a fraction of the price.
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