• Cristina Taranu

It isn't easy being green

I took this picture a couple of days ago in Liberty State Park while getting some much needed fresh air and exercise. I had to stop and admire my beloved friend, a living symbol of freedom to millions around the world.

When the Statue of Liberty was unveiled in 1886, it was a shiny brown color, like a penny. By 1906, the color had changed to green. What happened? Was it magic? Nope! It was science. A natural weathering process called oxidation took place when air and water reacted with the copper plates.

Over time, the weathering of the copper created a thin layer of copper carbonate called a patina. The outer layer of the statue is copper that's only 3/32 of an inch thick, the thickness of two pennies put together.

The green patina copper jewelry we make is very much inspired by the majestic Lady Liberty. We can simulate the patina of the Statue of Liberty without having to wait 20 years to see results. The oxidation process can take up to three days, adding layer upon layer of our secret potion. As a last step we lacquer the copper to preserve the green color. Each piece in our Copper Collection is one of a kind and handcrafted in NYC.