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In nature, copper is most commonly found near bright blue/green stains, called "copper blooms." All copper minerals are brightly colored, usually green or blue. Copper, even in jewelry form, must be polished to take on its famous burnished gold hue. Today copper comes in many shapes and sizes for jewelry making. Not only can you find standard round copper beads and copper nuggets, you can also find pressed and carved beads, and even copper bead caps which can go between glass beads or gemstone beads and add interesting texture and style to your bead jewelry. This unusual metal can bring a new style to your designs if you usually use sterling or gold, so consider copper when you are formulating your bead jewelry design.