1- Why are there no prices on your website?
Please note that prices are not listed on our website as we sell to different countries. We are the manufacturer and we will be shipping European orders directly from our workshop. We have distributors in Canada and the United States. Please fill out our “Contact us” form and submit your inquiry. We will answer your e-mail as quickly as possible and direct you to your local distributor. They will get in touch with you with their prices and all the other information you will need.
2- How do I place an order?
For new customers, after you receive the price list, select the items and quantities you would like to order and add to your cart, fill out the contact information and submit. We will contact you regarding your order.
3- Do you accept credit cards?
We are the manufacturer and we are not set up for credit cards. Payment is made by bank wire transfer. Our distributors do accept major credit cards and will be happy to talk to you about payment terms.
4- How do I become a distributor in a European country for your products?
We are looking for distributors for European countries. Please contact us to discuss the possibilities.
5- Do you make custom jewelry or gift ideas?
We would be happy to make custom designs to suit your market. We use production techniques so that custom orders do have minimum quantity requirements. Please send us your artwork and the items you would like your design on, we will quote you the price and the minimum order quantity.
6- Are your ear wires hypo-allergenic?
All our ear wires are made from surgical steel and are hypo-allergenic.
7- How do I care for your handcrafted jewelry and unique gifts?
All of our jewelry and gifts items have a clear acrylic coating to prevent tarnishing so no polishing is required. Wipe off with a soft clean damp cloth.
8- Can I use cleaners or polish to clean your jewelry and gifts?
Wipe clean with a soft clean damp cloth. You should not use any chemicals or harsh abrasives to clean our products as it will damage the protective finish.
9- How do you make your unique handcrafted jewelry and gifts?
We hand draw all our designs, then silver plate and diamond cut the designs on copper. Each piece has a protective coating so no polishing is required.
10- How long have you been in business?
We began making handmade jewelry in 1985. Over the years we have created our own techniques and designs which make this craft unique to us. We believe we are the only ones in the world making these unusual gifts and handcrafted artisan jewelry.
11- How are they packaged?
The earrings and pins are on white hanging cards with hole suitable for pegs and lip-back for wire racks. The carded earrings and pins are in re-closable clear bags. Bracelets and other gift items are packaged in clear re-closable bags. The keepsake boxes, pill boxes and card cases are packed in carton boxes.
12- The History of Copper Arts
Copper Reflections artisans have been making handmade jewelry pieces unique to them by creating their own original designs and techniques. Handmade jewelry and gifts are created from copper using wide range of designs from wildlife, nature, Native American, western and animal designs. The jewelry making technique that these talented artisans use dates back hundred of years. These unique jewelry hand crafted by using black inks, silver solutions, engraving and diamond cutting. Each of these outstanding jewelry creations has beautiful earth tones black, silver and copper.
The history of Copper Arts goes back centuries. Copper was used because of its softness that made it easier to shape. In the old days, copper was shaped through hammering or spinning on a lathe by hand into functional shapes like weapons and tools, art objects and decorative ornaments, vases, bowls and water jugs. Copper was used as water jugs because it kept water cooler and fresher in the hot summer days. Copper was the first metal mined and crafted by man, and has been the most important metal through history. It was available in great volumes and easily mined at the surface of earth. Archaeological excavations proved that copper crafting was known in Eastern Turkey, Persians and by Sumerians, since the beginning of Neolithic era. Copper working had reached high practical levels in Mesopotamia and Egypt at the end of the fourth century B.C.
Copper reached the Mediterranean coasts and to the West reaching through Anatolia all the way to Troy on the Aegean Sea. During the third century B.C., Troy became very important in copper art history, as copper craftsmen, merchants and traders established Troy as commercial center. From Troy technical knowledge and the materials for copper working reached the Aegean islands all the way to Spain. After 2000 B.C. copper crafting was widely used throughout Europe.
The discovery of the process needed to obtain copper from its ores was a very important event in history and gave birth to copper crafting. The first copper works were made by cutting, curving and hammering with a stone hammer. The old blacksmiths made an important discovery that copper hardens under prolonged hammering, but can be brought back to its initial condition of softness by heating (annealing) without changing the shape. Many ancient objects were handcrafted through alternate cycles of hammering and annealing, with a final hammering to obtain the necessary hardness.
In ancient times, copper art objects were made by the Copper smiths used raw copper to create with various techniques. For example, the simplest way to obtain a copper bowl consisted in hammering a copper disc placed on a hollowed wooden block. This is the most ancient method to handcraft bowls, dating back to Babylon. Another technique was known as raising which became very popular to obtain an embossed decorative copper artwork. Copper was brilliantly utilized by the artists of the classical age, and then in the Middle Ages, and in the masterpieces of Renaissance and Baroque.
Copper continued to be used mainly for household objects. Working techniques remained almost unchanged over the centuries, while the shapes were continuously improved to fit with the evolution of lifestyle. Its properties, discovered and appreciated by our ancient ancestors, are still valid today. Copper jewelry worn directly on skin has been used as a remedy for many ailments, including arthritis. Copper bracelets ease joint and arthritis. Copper jewelry has been considered as a "Fountain of Youth" for its ability to improve the elastic fiber in skin, increase skin flexibility, and act as an anti-wrinkle treatment.