Copper & Brass - Beth Millner Jewelry

Copper & Brass

What is Copper Jewelry?

Copper is a very popular metal because of it’s history in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  The first people to mine and work copper were the Native Americans.  They worked and collected copper from the shorelines of Lake Superior and the Keweenaw Peninsula between 5000 BCE and 1200 BCE.

We are proud to offer our customers authentic Upper Peninsula copper in most of our copper and mixed metal jewelry.  This copper is from the former White Pine Mine near Ontonagon, Michigan.  Pieces made of solid Upper Peninsula Copper will be stamped with a tiny UP on the back to signify that they are made from U.P. Copper.  If the pieces are not made from U.P. Copper, the majority are made from recycled copper, which is important to our eco-friendly business model.

Some of our handmade jewelry is created in brass.  Brass is an alloy of Copper and Zinc.  A very small amount of zinc is added to copper which then creates its yellow color.  Brass acts very similar to copper in its likelihood to oxidize and darken.

 

Metal Properties 

Copper oxidizes and changes color over time.  When wearing your copper jewelry, you will see it change from bright copper to a dark rich brown.  We feel that this is one of the unique features of copper jewelry because the patina is always changing as you wear it.

 

Sizing
Ring Sizing

Purchase this ring sizer to help determine your ring size. This sizing tool is most accurate for double band rings and bands 6mm and under.

Fingers can change size due to many circumstances, the best way to get an accurate size is to check the size a couple of different times to determine your best size. The majority of our rings can be resized, but if the ring has a stone setting other than a diamond, it probably cannot be resized unless otherwise noted in the item listing.

Some of our rings with stones are shown with the stone not set in order for us to size the ring to your specifications and set the stone afterwards. This avoids damage to the stone during sizing. Reference the individual ring listings for more details. Wide Bands 7mm and above have more friction against the finger and will need to be ordered a little larger.

Our double band rings fit like a narrow band, when getting sized for a double band ring, you can get sized for a ring that is narrow.

When getting your finger sized, inform jeweler of the width band you are intending on purchasing and rely on them to determine your ring size.

Look here for more information about resizing items that you have already received.

Engagement Ring Sizing

Purchase this ring sizer to help determine your ring size. This sizing tool is most accurate for double band rings and bands 6mm and under.

There are many sneaky options for getting the size right, but the best way is to have their finger sized by a professional.

You may be able to sneak one of their rings and bring it into a jewelry store and ask to check the size.

Beth Millner Jewelry has wish lists too, so they could come in to the store and fill out a wish list and hopefully they provides their ring size.

Bracelet & Cuff Sizing

Measure wrist circumference. Take your measurement just above the wrist above bone.

Use the chart below to determine the correct size.

The bracelets we make are designed to fit comfortably, but if a looser fit is preferred, the next size up may be suitable.


 

Beth Millner Jewelry Bracelet Sizing Beth Millner Jewelry Bracelet Sizing

 

Size Wrist Measurement (Inches) Wrist Measurement (cm)
Small 5.5-6 14-15
Medium 6-6.5 15-16.5
Large 6.5-7 16.5-18
X-Large 7-7.5 18-19
XX-Large 7.5-8 19-20.5
Bangle Sizing

Bangle Size is determined by hand size, rather than wrist size

Measure hand size by tucking your thumb in, just like when trying on a bangle. Measure around the thickest part of the hand while in this position.

Use the chart below to determine the correct bangle size.

Bangle Bracelet Sizing Beth Millner Jewelry Bangle Bracelet Sizing Beth Millner Jewelry
Size Hand Measurement (inches) Hand Measurement (cm)
Small 7-8 18-20
Medium 8-9 20-23
Large 9-9.5 23-24
Pendant & Earring Sizing

When determining the size of pendant or earrings you would like to purchase, please reference the item description which includes the size of the piece.

Also, there will be an image with a hand in the picture to help visualize the size.

When choosing a piece for another person, we find that our customers choose pieces that are similar to their overall stature.

People that are shorter and small tend to like smaller items, tall slender people tend to like our longer larger pieces.

Chain Length

When picking out a chain, 18 inch is the most common length.

This would cause the pendant to sit between the collar bones.


Beth Millner Jewelry chain length

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