I think copper has always been a beautiful choice for jewelry and in these times of high metal costs, it remains an affordable option. I do use sterling silver and gold-filled metal in my jewelry, but also use copper, brass, and tin. I think the warm tones of copper really work to bring other colors to life.
My Shakira earrings feature colorful bits cut from a tin canister riveted to copper. Copper is a soft metal and when annealed (softened by heat) is very malleable. That’s how I curled the bottoms up to create a place to hang the crystal and pearl.
This pair of earrings was made from copper wire. At the bottom, the copper wire was formed into a spiral and then triangular shape. At the top, a “messy” copper earwire adds a nice touch. The copper elements in these earrings were darkened and then hand buffed to bring back the luster and shine of the metal.