There's plenty of out there if you look for it.
Firstly copper is an essential element in our diets (if you eat
cheese you eat copper), in small quantities, it's when the large
build ups happen that the problems start.
Brass is a combination of copper and zinc, again we have a
nutritional requirement for zinc... in small quantities.
Nickel silver can be a combination of copper and nickel, but may
also contain zinc.
We eat all of these elements, in minute quantities, yes even nickel,
although, if you have a nickel allergy you should avoid foods with
nickel in them.
However when you get too much, then really bad things can happen.
Gold and Platinum are inert, and silver is relatively inert. Nickel,
copper and zinc are reactive metals.
Here's a test, put some gold on your tongue, and it tastes like
nothing, put a piece of copper on your tongue, and there's a definite
"zing". Of course the lesser carart golds actually have a taste the
more copper that goes into their makeup. Interesting thought: Maybe
you could train your taste buds to carat check gold
A reactive metal can be broken down by your body chemistry, and can
be transported into your body. This has the nasty side effect of
raising your levels of that particular element. Which can be bad, and
can become serious. For example too much copper will blow your liver.
Usually you find where people wearing base metal/alloy jewellery,
they are poorer, and life expectancy is lower. The conclusion isn't t
that "the jewellery effected their mortality", it's just their lives
are too short to see any of the damaging health effects of metal
toxicity. I think they'd be there, but the data in that situation is
inconclusive. In our western society we have more data, and we can
You can put on a gold band, wear it next to your skin, and even get
sweaty without anything bad happening (except that maybe you'll have
to clean the ring).
However for health reasons I would not wear brass, copper, nickel
silver, or (even my favorite) bronze continually. You can still wear
them, but not all the time.
Regards Charles A.