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I make jewelry by weaving a frame from copper wire for a gemstone, then making copper coils or spirals, etc for further decoration. Even 'on the roll', the copper wire smells bad - and the smell increases as I work with the wire. The smell also clings to my hands, and I have to wash it off. I read about the chemistry that is created when copper touches skin. But the problem is, copper jewelry that has been hanging, without being worn, has begun to smell even worse - to the point that I can't even consider hanging it around my neck. Can you give me a reason for this odor (not a chemical reaction after touching my skin), and hopefully a remedy for it? I would hate to imagine what other sensitive customers would think after having one of my jewelry pieces for a few months. Thanks for helping.

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    $\begingroup$ Do you observe any change to the copper other than the smell? Does it become dark, or flaky, or does the surface roughen? $\endgroup$ – Nicolau Saker Neto Apr 6 at 2:47
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    $\begingroup$ see: chemistry.stackexchange.com/a/7917/22102 $\endgroup$ – MaxW Apr 6 at 4:21
  • $\begingroup$ I've never heard of jewelry made with pure copper, only as a part of alloys — and that is probably the reason as it gets corroded quickly when exposed to sweat, not to mention it's cheap, and looks and feels accordingly. $\endgroup$ – andselisk Apr 6 at 7:10

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