Real Maple Leaf with Gem in Copper

Real Maple Leaf with Gem in Copper

$62.50

This gorgeous necklace features a real maple leaf from the tree outside my house. It’s been plated with copper during a chemical and electrical process called electro-forming and it holds a piece of Ruby Inzoisite at its heart. It comes on a matching copper chain that is 24 inches long plus a two inch extender, but it can be worn shorter.

Pendant: 2″ X 1.75″

Chain Length: 26″

 

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The electro-forming process takes several days to complete, starting with sealing the item in three coats of lacquer. A conductive paint is added, then the piece goes into a copper chemical solution where electricity slowly encourages copper to plate onto the item over the course of many hours or days. When gems or other complexities are added, additional steps are taken. Once the item has partially plated, the gems are set in place with epoxy clay that hardens for 24 hours. More conductive paint is added and the piece goes back into the electro-forming solution for several more hours. Finally, a patina is added to mimic time wearing at the copper, then highlights are polished out and the entire piece is sealed for protection.

Although sealed, copper shouldn't be submersed in or exposed to water or harsh elements. If the copper rests against skin, skin can sometimes turn green when there is moisture present - this is normal and will go away once the copper is no longer present. Note that I haven't had this happen with necklaces myself, only rings since hands are much more moist. Copper can continue to patina, aging naturally over time. Treat your new statement necklace with care and it will become a lasting heirloom.

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Vendor Information

  • Store Name: Copper Soul Jewelry
  • Vendor: Copper Soul Jewelry
  • Address: Park City, UT 84098
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