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copper, leather and ceramic raku choker
Let the Sun Shine - $32
Part of the Catnip Collection
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In this elegant necklace, chocolate brown leather holds a lime green ceramic raku pendant and is accented with copper beads and sunburst clasp.

This necklace measures 16 inches in length.

You can view other Ceramic jewelry items here, or Copper items here.

A ceramic is an inorganic, non-metallic solid prepared by the action of heat and subsequent cooling. As most common ceramics are crystalline, the definition of ceramic is often restricted to inorganic crystalline materials, as opposed to the non-crystalline glasses. The earliest ceramics were pottery objects made from clay, either by itself or mixed with other materials.

The word "ceramic" comes from the Greek word keramikos meaning pottery, which is said to derive from the Indo-European word ker, meaning heat.

One of the oldest metals ever used by man, natural copper has a unique, warm glow. It's been used in jewelry for thousands of years and has been an important material in the development of civilization.

Copper has a reddish color and takes on a bright metallic luster, but tarnishes easily. It turns color to either a dullish brown or a shade of green known as "verdigris". When verdigris forms over copper, it works as a protective layer and prevents further corrosion.

Chemicals in some peoples' sweat can hasten this oxidation process and cause the verdigris to rub off onto their skin, "turning it green."

Let the Sun Shine - $32