Alchemists associated copper with the planet Venus, and sometimes the symbol for "woman" was used to indicate the element.
The symbol for copper also shares the planetary symbol for Venus. So the symbol embodies such characteristics as love, balance, feminine beauty, and artistic creativity.
Copper has been used by humans for as many as ten thousand years. Beads made from native copper dating from the eighth millennium BC have been found in Turkey.
The word copper is derived from the Latin word ‘cuprum’ meaning ‘metal of Cyprus’ because the Mediterranean island of Cyprus was an ancient source of mined copper.