This product is not being sold as a medical device or to replace professionally prescribed medical treatment. The content on this website is not intended to substitute for the advice of licensed healthcare professionals.
The information provided on this website is not intended to admit medical or professional services and should not be used for diagnosis or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or healthcare professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your healthcare provider. In accordance with FDA regulation, we do not make any therapeutic claims regarding the health benefits of copper or crystals. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHO IS THIS JEWELRY FOR?
Black Stone Alchemy is a collection of handcrafted ethically sourced gemstone jewelry, inspired by the techniques and practices of ceremonial jewelry making in Black/Indigenous cultures. My vision is to create ritual tools to help folks connect with their spiritual practices, I believe that adornment is a ritual of self-love and self-care. I provide high-quality adornments and metaphysical tools for BI&POC, spiritualists, witches, diviners, conjurers, and healers. I prioritize Black and Indigenous femmes who self-identify as "spiritual" in this work. I also encourage anyone who is invested in monetarily supporting a Black/Indigenous-owned business to adorn themselves (not all my jewelry is made with culturally specific symbolism) and let folks know where it came from!
WHY WIRE WRAP?
One of the first pieces of jewelry I made in high school was a collection of copper wire pretzels that I gifted a handful of my friends for a holiday. In my experience, the basics of jewelry making includes exploring wire and working with copper. The technique of wire wrapping is a practice that can be traced back to ceremonial jewelry making in ancient Africa. It is a method of jewelry making that doesn't require heavy tools or heating elements to create a finished piece of jewelry. I personally love wire wrapping because it connects me to my ancestors, it's accessible to me, and it's versatile regarding design options. Another winning point is that wire wrapping doesn't require electricity, heat, or machinery; therefore, I can maintain an environmentally conscious business model.
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO CARE FOR MY COPPER JEWELRY?
Copper over time will antique and darken in color, through this process depending on your skins chemistry, it may temporarily leave a green stain on your skin. This reaction is not due to a defect in the jewelry. Keep copper away from water to deter this reaction. If exposed to water, wipe with a dry cloth, use a jewelry polishing cloth to brighten your adornments. Take off your jewelry when you are going to clean, work out, shower, or swim. I do not recommend doing activities such as washing dishes, handling chemicals, or applying oils/lotion to areas in contact with your adornments i.e. rings and bracelets. Copper is malleable and therefore may bend if snagged on fabric or worn during high intensity activity, as well as get smushed if put in a pocket or bag. Handle with sacredness and care. In the case of earrings: Jewelry Shield is applied to all handmade earring hooks. Clean and apply a protective coating to the copper earring hooks periodically and when necessary.
Store your jewelry in a plastic bag to prevent air from tarnishing it when you are not wearing it.
Lemon cleanser: In a bowl mix 2-4 TBSP salt and lemon juice (enough to cover your jewelry). Swish it around and remove when it brightens in color. Rinse with water and dry completely. Polish with a polishing cloth when dried. Add cornstarch and baking soda for a deeper clean.
REPAIR SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST FOR A FEE (Select "jewelry repair" in the drop down menu in this order form).
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF WEARING COPPER?
Copper acts as a conduit for the transferring of energy from the crystal to the person wearing it. Copper boosts your electromagnetic field and is known for helping reduce inflammation and arthritis. Wearing copper amplifies the self healing energies that your body naturally produces, while your body absorbs the minerals present in the copper. Although copper can be used by anyone who is interested in its metaphysical properties or just simply its beautiful hue, people of color are known to wear copper for many reasons, one of which is its association with the production of melanin within the body.
DOES BLACK STONE ALCHEMY TAKE CUSTOM JEWELRY REQUESTS?
I happily accept custom orders. If you see something you like from my social media or my website, or have a design in mind that you love and would like replicated or altered in some way to fit your needs, you can email pictures and references to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also fill out a custom order form if you know what kind of jewelry and stones you want! If you have a stone you are drawn to and need help deciding how you want to wear it, feel free to contact me.
DOES COPPER TURN YOUR SKIN GREEN?
Due to oxidation and prolonged exposure to sweat, copper may turn your skin green temporarily. This is not harmful and can be reduced with frequent polishing and intentional care (see care instructions). Protective/allergy coating is available upon request, and readily available for sale online.
DOES BLACK STONE ALCHEMY ACCEPT REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES?
All sales are final, Black Stone Alchemy does not provide refunds for oxidation or deformation. Black Stone Alchemy is not responsible for LOSS/damages that may occur once the item(s) are out on delivery. Black Stone Alchemy is not responsible for mailing to the incorrect address if the registered address has typos or missing information (Apt # etc). Please double check the address before placing the order.