I make 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 natural gemstone beads and fine silver wire, I attach a slection of gemstones within the hoops.
This design gives great security due to the length of the earwire, and is ideal for people you like a drop but not a dangle ;-)
This particular pair were a commission for a local customer and so will be made to order but I have lots of other 2 mm gemstones that would work brilliantly - the faceted options are blue lapis, pale blue aquamarine, golden labradorite, black spinels, and the smooth are garnets, rock crystal, peridot, denim iolite plus I have some black diamond nuggets and faceted multicoloured sapphires (the diamonds and sapphires would incur a surcharge)
I have many other stones I can use if you have a birthstone or specific gem you'd prefer.**
Total drop from piercing of 26mm - 29mm (approx) See individual photos for the slight variances, which relate to the size of the chosed gem beads
All the sterling is recycled. I
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. 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'll be making more in the varied stones shortly!
**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.
Asymmetric, bisected gemmy hoop earrings - Turquoise
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.