Copper wand made by Johnna Sabri


Copper has so many health benefits that they even include it in your daily multivitamins. But did you know that when you wear copper jewelry, your skin, which happens to be your largest organ, absorbs it over time?

This is why a lot of people wear copper arm bands for arthritis or swelling. It really does work. It’s known to improve circulation, being anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and more.

However, too much copper, like too much of anything, can be toxic. This is why you have to be careful when handling raw malachite, azurite and other ores of copper. The dust from these can be serious as well as making gem tonics–just don’t do it.



According to WebMD, copper doesn’t help with arthritis or pain, but in my personal experience it actually did help. In 2014 I took a bad fall down the stairs and sprained my ankle to the point of almost breakage. The doctor said I would be on crutches for 6 months.

Copper rings made by Johnna Sabri

I remembered reading about how copper and hematite both help with pain and swelling so I wire wrapped my cast with enough copper to build a rocket along with hematite and malachite beads. I noticed within a couple of weeks that the pain was manageable and I quickly stopped the pain medicine.

I also noticed that it was getting easier and easier to manage getting around but I thought I was just getting used to being on crutches. Until my cast fell off almost two months after the fall. It literally fell off and when I looked at my ankle, the swelling was completely gone.

Instead of going back to the doctor–because we were visiting a friend in another state when I got hurt and having to go back home, I just bought a brace and rewrapped the copper around it. I was still on crutches but I slowly weaned myself off of them and my angle is fine today. In fact it is much stronger than it would have been after such a fall and I am grateful.

In 2017 I also tore a ligament in my left arm. It took longer to heal but the doctor recommended that I buy a $100 brace. I simply made my own with copper, hematite, turquoise and chrysocolla. I’d ran out of the malachite. Both turquoise and chrysocolla are natural ores of copper and I even added in quartz.

My arm took about 4 months to fully heal and it’s fine. Do you have any experiences with copper? I would love to hear about them!

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About the Author


Johnna Sabri is a mineral, gem and crystal collector and wire artist. She loves experimenting with different styles of wrapping and collecting gems and minerals. Her work has been modeled by GA State University students in one of their annual fashion shows.

Johnna has also served customers all around the world including Dubai, Finland, The Philippines, Australia, Canada, the UK, China, and Hong Kong as well as people in every US state.

She learned her craft from Grammy winning guitarist, Daryl Adonis Thompson, son of Eli “Lucky” Thompson, the saxophonist who played with Dizzy Gillespie and Isaac Hayes. Daryl was well known in the Little 5 Points Atlanta community as a master at his craft. Read more on Johnna here