Daily Mail June 22nd 2000
Originally worn by men and women in West African countries to relieve pain and suffering from ailments such as rheumatism and arthritis, the copper bracelet has become the accessory of choice for the most eligible and stylish bachelor in Britain.
Having just celebrated his 18th birthday, Prince William has been photographed at Eton College sporting this alternative, Bohemian-style fashion accessory on his wrist.
Resembling his mother in so many ways, the handsome Prince is sure to set a trend for the jewellery that is renowned for its therapeutic properties as well as ethnic style.
Copper has been used for centuries to promote health and wellbeing, and is known to reduce stress, boost energy levels and relieve mild depression.
By improving the circulation, copper and magnetic therapy also help the body dispose of any toxins in the bloodstream.
For those of you, however, who want to steer clear of the more masculine, conventional style that Prince William has opted for, a number of companies have produced more fashion-conscious alternatives to the original design.