Glossary

Copper

This reddish brown element was one of the earliest metals to be worked by humans, copper use dates back as far as 9000BC in the Middle East. A popular metal in folklore and ancient tradition, it is said to ease the symptoms of arthritis – hence the trend for wearing copper bracelets. Copper is both extremely malleable (useful for working into different shapes) and biostatic (bacteria and other forms of life cannot grow on its surface).

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