Lydia Puaa Shell Gorget
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We are absolutely in love with this abalone shell gorget The green, purple and blue colors of this shell blend well with the copper chain.
The Gorget is farmed Abalone, Puaa Shell. Because this is a natural material no two gorgets will be exactly the same. Abalone has long been used for food, tools and jewelry by Native people's all over the world.
We have named this necklace for Lydia. As a young widow, Lydia had the pioneer spirit. She set loaded up a covered wagon with her possessions and children and set out to make a better life for herself. She lived the pioneer life we read about in storybooks. Her young son Moses was just a teen when they settled in Etowah. She left him to tend to the property there while she moved to land that was better suited for the cattle. Moses is Greg's great grandfather. And that is your history lesson for the day.
How Do I Care For My Copper Jewelry?
The Best way to care for your Copper is to wear it often The natural oils from your skin will keep the copper, and pearls nice and shiny. Copper will acquire a beautiful patina over time. We feel that the patina is part of the natural beauty of the metal.
As much as possible do not wear your jewelry when working out or doing any heavy physical activity that will cause excessive sweating.
Clean your copper jewelry with a soft cloth if dirty you can use some liquid dish soap.
If you prefer, you can coat the metal with clear fingernail polis to maintain the shine.
Why Does Copper Sometimes Turn My Skin Green?
Have you ever noticed a green tint on your skin after wearing copper jewelry? That is a chemical reaction between the copper, oxygenand the sweat on your skin. The process is called oxidization and is your body's way of absorbing the copper. Copper is an essential element and your body needs it. If you skin is turning green it is your body's way of telling you that something is missing.
Where Can I Find Cherokee Copper In Person?
We are frequently asked if we have a store location. The answer is someday. But for now you can find us in cultural gift shops, museums and art galleries from Cape Code to Tahlequah. You can find our most up to date list of locations here.