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    Copper Bracelets and Green Wrists

    Copper Bracelets and Green Wrists

    I have been making, wearing and selling copper bracelets since 1969.  During this time people often asked: "Will this bracelet turn my wrist green?"  My answer has been: "I don't know.  We work with pure copper and its alloys, and we guarantee our craftsmanship for our lifetime, but the way a person reacts to copper doesn't depend on us.  The only way we know to find out is by trying one."

    Most customers like to wear copper and do not mind having an occasional green stain under their bracelets.  Some are very health conscious and, as proof that the copper is working, they expect to see a green mark where copper touches their skin. These same marks make others feel self-conscious. Ironically, the green markings almost seems to prefer the people who worry the most about getting them.  The same bracelet which remains shiny for one person, will turn another person's wrist green, or may acquire multicolored patinas on another.  Could these changes be related to a person's metabolism?

    The answer is Yes!  The green stains are caused by deposits of chelated copper and their presence relates directly to the body chemistry of the wearer.  Chelated means they are copper compounds in a soluble form assimilable by our bodies.  Copper in its pure metallic form cannot be taken in by our bodies, while chelated copper compounds are more easily absorbed by our skin.  They become visible when the wearer's body is dissolving the copper faster than it is absorbing it.  This happens when there is profuse perspiration (as when exercising on a hot day), or when our sweat becomes more acidic.  The acidity of our sweat increases with physical, emotional, or mental stress.  It also increases with unhealthy diets.

    Green marks are also believed to appear when the body is hungry for copper.  The human body needs more minerals when growing, when pregnant, or when recovering from disease or surgery.  A body starved of copper will even manage to dissolve the copper contained in gold alloys and leave marks under 14K gold rings.  If you suspect having copper deficiency, please consult your holistic doctor, naturopath, or dietician, who by ordering a simple blood test will know the mineral supplements you need to regain balance.  As prevention, choose to eat organically grown produce whenever possible.

    The green stains are normally absorbed overnight and if needed they wash off with soapy water.  If wearers strongly dislike the green marks, they have two options.  They can choose to address the causes and make healthier choices or simply ignore the warning and wear no more copper. 

    Whenever possible we teach our customers how to read the changes in their copper jewelry and how to maintain it by themselves.

    It took me nearly 30 years of practical research and collecting data from around the world to better understand this complex copper/green wrist phenomenon.  In September 1995, the International Association for New Science invited me to present my findings at their Annual Conference in Ft. Collins, CO.

    But one of the most concise, and clever, remarks I've heard about this remains to be, "Copper, when in contact with the skin, forms chelates with human sweat (sometimes seen as a green deposit under the bracelet) and is thus absorbed through the skin.  Think of a bracelet as a 'time-release' source of copper."  by Dr. Ray Walker, Univ. of Newcastle, Australia.

    ~~~ Sergio Lub

    Wear Your Wellness! Customer Testimonials (part II)

    Wear Your Wellness! Customer Testimonials (part II)

    Customers who have worn our jewelry over the last 50 years have often contacted us about the benefits they've experienced wearing our work. Below we share a variety of some of our favorite testimonials. To view our hundreds of inspired designs, click here.

    Customer Testimonials

    When I first wore these copper bracelets, I had a lot of pain in my thumbs and was losing strength in my hands from swelling and arthritis. The pain disappeared in a few weeks and has not returned, except once when I quit wearing them for a while. One of my first bracelets got lost, and I just received the new one and it has reduced pain in my arm and right side of my body. These are magic bracelets with the combination of copper and magnets, and lovely too. I'm proud to wear them, and do, day and night.
    - Evaleena R. 


    I did have to quit sewing when my arthritis got bad at age 50 but thankfully I found Sergio’s copper bracelets. Been sewing and quilting every day since then.
    - Sandy C. 


    I have worn your bracelets for about 20 years. I have tried others, some were very pretty, but without the magnet spacer at the ends, I get a weeping sore under the ends. So all I buy is yours because they cause no other problems and relieve the arthritis in my hands. 
    - Christine T. 


    I love your jewelry and somehow it made my carpal tunnel pain disappear! Thank you! Thank you! I work at a large clinic and my colleagues cannot yet believe that I replaced my ugly brace for a beautiful Sergio Lub bracelet!
    - Lonnie F.


    It has been about six weeks since I have been wearing one of Sergio’s copper bracelets. I do now know whether or not it’s the bracelet (must be) but I have virtually no more pain from arthritis and my golf handicap has improved considerably.”
    - Richard W. 


    I am a person who has had rheumatoid arthritis for over 20 years now. It has 
    caused me quite a lot of pain and trouble through the years. I do take medications that I am fortunate to be able to take through my health insurance, however, there are times that the medications just don't keep the inflammation and pain down, and pain medications may be disruptive to the body.

    I find magnetic therapy very helpful and have been using them over the years. Since I discovered Sergio Lub, I am a customer for life. Gone are the days of plain or sub-standard pieces of jewelry. I love (!) my Copper Sage Magnetic Bracelet. I can literally feel the strength and energy from it. Of course I have many other designs as well, but I use the larger piece on my right side due to scoliosis, and I always wear one on my left side too.

    Since I am such a believer, I also sell to friends, family and co-workers. My husband loves these too and swears that his magnetic Seven Metals has cured his tennis elbow. While we don't make claims for the medical community, we can tell you what has helped us.

    I just want everyone to know that I personally am a believer in this therapy, it works for me, and I highly recommend it. Besides, I think they look great on me and my wonderful hubby too!
    - Stephanie T.


    Just recently I started experiencing some pain in my hand. I put the bracelet on just to wear it and most of the pain went away. 
    - Marcia 


    On my recent vacation to Canada, I purchased one of your magnetic copper bracelets, and I can’t tell you how much it has helped my chronic wrist pain. It has been a joy to wear.
    - J.H. 


    Your product is wonderful. My wrist is pain free as long as I wear it. I have worn it since 2000 and have no problem holding a pen, typing, or writing.
    - M.J. K 


    We are in our mid forties and have been noticing some joint stiffness. Since we started wearing the bracelets we feel much better. 
    - A.W. 


    I started wearing your bracelet three weeks ago. I have osteo-arthritis in my left hand, and had to wear a brace all day. Since wearing your bracelet, I no longer need a brace!
    - Sheila D.

     

    #withthesehands Sandy Cantrell and the Art of Quilting

    #withthesehands Sandy Cantrell and the Art of Quilting

    Our #withthesehands campaign celebrates the analog in a digital world, reminding us to honor the handmade.

    Sandy Cantrell is the owner of one of our favorite places in Branson, Missouri, The Copper Jewelry Store. We love knowing our bracelets can be found in this location filled with her love and care.

    But we also really dig the fact that Sandy, who’s 73, has been making quilts for over 45 years.  Although she had to quit sewing when her arthritis got bad at age 50, she was able to resume her daily practice again after finding and wearing Sergio Lub bracelets, which she says, helped clear up her pain. 


    She tells us, “My Gramma made quilts out of flour sacks with a pair of scissors and a needle and thread. Thank heavens when the time came for my Mother to teach me to sew we had a Singer foot peddle sewing machine. She always told me that when you create something with your hands you will cherish it. She was right!”

    “Out of ten sisters, I was the only one who took up quilting. From start to finish of a quilt I think of my Gramma and Mother. There is such a sense of peace and accomplishment knowing your hands have created such a beautiful quilt. I have made quilts for sister, brothers, nieces, and nephews. They come and help make their quilts. It is a time of bonding and remembering the good old days.”


    “I also make baked potato bags. Microwaveable baked potatoes. A lot of what I make by hand I give away to friends and neighbors. It makes one heart feel good to see smiles on their faces.”

    You can check out Sandy’s gorgeous quilts online at The Copper Jewelry Store. 

    #staywithsmall Tea With Iris

    #staywithsmall Tea With Iris

    Tea With Iris owner Leslie Shockley in one of her 100% organic hemp jersey printed dresses from 2012 with a smoke tree design handmade with a piece of the smoke tree she is standing next to. 

    It was all because of a turtle named Iris.

    In 2010, while working a full time job, Leslie Shockley found herself often seeking solace in her gorgeous, desert-landscaped front yard, which housed a small dirt hole where her family’s turtle Iris lived. As she would sit and watch Iris loll about her days, Leslie became inspired by the idea of slowing down and utilizing what was on hand to make meaning out of life. She began to adopt a personal philosophy of life, based around living small and with intention, consuming less and creating more, and most of all, becoming conscious about the objects she allowed into her life and her home. This philosophy soon birthed a company Tea With Iris—a venture all about no-waste upcycled craft and eco-creativity.

     In a refurbished freight train cargo container in her backyard, adjacent to DIY plots where she and her daughter grow herbs and produce, she began to make conscientious products with the help of her grandmother’s old sewing machine; think little girl baby doll dresses from vintage pillowcases, infant onesies printed with vegetable dye dipped smoketree branches, recycled wine cork earrings adorned with illustrations from used storybooks, and organic market bags in whimsical found fabrics.

     

    In 2018, she was able to quit her day job full time to focus on Tea With Iris. Today, she is a regular presence in her local Whole Foods and Farmer’s Markets as well as other events and fairs that are in line with her personal commitment to integrity and sustainability such as Unique LA, Renegade Craft and Mojave Flea.

     

    Leslie's favorite Sergio Lub bracelet is her Nepalese Cord. 

    Even though her business has grown, she still maintains a firm mission to design products that help reduce waste, using only certified organic cotton, hemp, and repurposed materials. Plus, many of her products are designed to replace disposable product that, at the end of their life cycle, can be cut up or composted to return to the soil. But bottom line is that her wares appeal to anyone with an interest in reducing their carbon footprint and living more in tune with their natural environment.

     

    Recently, this has meant new creative offerings such as organic cotton jersey and upcycled burlap “scrubbys” – a natural alternative to a kitchen sponge, everyday organic dusters, colorful organic beeswax wraps for storage, and even bandanas that come with a slot for an ice pack for hot summer hikes.

     

    In March, when everything closed down, and to adapt to the realities of the pandemic, Leslie shifted gears to make organic cotton face masks.  For every three she sells, she donates one mask for free to a health care professional or essential worker in need.

    Leslie is a living example of her own beliefs, particularly to “Be true to yourself and what you believe in and work hard to create the world you want to live in.”

    There is a new hashtag roaming the social media circuits these days called #staywithsmall. It arose in response to the current pandemic as businesses across the nation found themselves shuttering their doors to shelter in place, or local artists and creators were forced to utilize new ways to spread the word about their products, creations, and art online. In support of #staywithsmall we are temporarily turning our blog into a place to share profiles of small businesses we adore. If you’d like to be featured, contact us at yes@sergiolub.com.