I've made all the components for these from recycled 925 sterling silver.
I use 1.2mm wire to form and cut rings, which I then solder closed, lightly hammering both sides for extra sparkle.
Then I solder 0.8 wire to the circles, and send them for a polish in my tumbler.
Finally, using 2mm jumprings that I also make, I attach a gemstone to the hoops.
This design gives great security due to the length of the earwire, and some lovely articulation due to the stones being attached with a jumpring.
I made a pair of these apatites to go with a specific top I have (well, if you can't do that as a jeweller, what's the point?!) and enjoyed them so much I made a selection for you to choose from.
I have many other stones I can use if you have a birthstone or specific gem you'd prefer; these are just the ones I fancied making today.**
Total drop from piercing of 39mm - 40mm (approx) See individual photos for the slight variances, which relate to the size of the suspended stone
All the metal work is recycled 925 sterling silver. If you would like a bespoke pair, with Argentium earwires please contact me, as I'll be happy to make a pair just for you.
I've listed these as pairs, but I am very happy to sell you just one, or mix and match a pair if you'd like, or make you a pair of differing lengths. Just contact me.
All listed pairs are ready for instant dispatch!
**see other listings for others I have ready for dispatch, and message me if you have a colour or a stone you'd like - I've made these to match outfits for a number of people.
I only use natural light and take all pictures in my home, so I have used a variety of backgrounds to help display the colouration and avoid your disappointment.
Hoop Drops - amethyst
Sterling Silver will eventually oxidise or tarnish. It's a natural process that can be slowed down by regular wear and by keeping unworn items away from the atmosphere. If you leave your jewellery out on display, this oxidisation will be faster. You can polish up your items, with a soft cloth, some silver polish, or a buffing cloth such as Town Talk, which is readily available from any high street jewellers in the UK
Fine silver is 99.9% silver, and because of this the tarnish rate is much, much slower. Again, a buff should do the job for polishing it back up. If I have patinated your silver already, be gentle when buffing!
Each piece should stand up to regular wear, but , as with all jewellery, please remove it before washing, using chemicals or applying perfume etc
Apply body lotion and perfume a few minutes before putting on your jewellery to help slow down tarnish
The sterling silver used in these items was sold to me by my bullion dealer ass certified recycled.
he gemstones I use have been sold to me by reputable dealers as untreated (unless stated specifically in the listing). They are a natural, organic creation from the earth and each one will be slightly different. You can see examples of this on my Facebook page.
I select the stones that I think go together best for each project, hence my comments that each item is individual.