Should Copper Bracelets Turn Your Skin Green?

5/29/2014 4:29 PM

Some copper bracelets can turn your wrist green, but that's okay!
(image courtesy of Sergio Lub)

For centuries, people all over the world have sworn by wearing all sorts of copper jewelry. Copper bracelets are the most common, and are affordable, easy to size to your wrist, and can be worn by both men and women. Our customers come back to us again and again to buy copper bracelets for themselves and their friends. Many of our new customers however, write to us and ask, "Why is my copper bracelet turning my skin green?"

First, don't worry: if your copper bracelet is turning your skin green, you are probably not allergic to the copper, and your bracelet is probably not "cheap". It is common and natural for copper bracelets to cause a green 'stain' on the skin. This is true whether the bracelet is made from pure copper, or copper mixed with another metal.

Because copper is a natural element found in the earth, it reacts with other things found in nature. One of those things is your own body chemistry. When copper comes in contact with your skin and sweat, it forms green deposits called chelates. Your skin absorbs the chelates, causing the green stain; many people look for the green stain as proof that the copper is absorbing into their skin.

Don’t like the green stain? Some soap and water, and a little light pressure, should do the trick.

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