Sterling & Gold Earrings ~ "Blended"
I love creating texture in my jewelry, because it adds interest. I really love using serendipitous methods to create the texture, because they have a much more organic feel. These earrings are just that.
Adding little bits of gold, gives a completely different feel, to me. Makes them more interesting, more compelling. A blending of color & texture. Rustic and Refined. Completely unique.
After forming the sterling silver discs, I textured them by heating them to the stage just barely before melting. The texture that remains is called "reticuation." It's one of my favorite techniques! Such subtle texture! I soldered on rather hefty 14 karat gold balls in the center and sterling silver earwires to the top, and then added patina. Next, came buffing them back to bright, but leaving the patina in the lower parts, creating that interplay of light and dark, plus gold and silver. Blended and yummy!
Please note size of the earrings in the picture. They will hang almost 1 3/4" from the earlobe. the discs are just about 3/4" in diameter. These are fun and swingy, yet classic and timeless. These will never go out of style.
All of my earrings are hand made by me in my northern Michigan studio, and come packaged in my signature cloth pouch, perfect for gifting or for traveling.
I hope you love your new earrings!
Caring for your new jewelry is easy. The best way to care for it, is to wear it!! Jewelry that is worn tarnishes more slowly, so wear and enjoy.
Should you notice a bit of tarnish, you may use a Sunshine Cloth or any other dry polish cloths. Please avoid any pastes or liquids when polishing. If you have a piece with stones, please note that anything liquid or paste may harm the stones or discolor them.
If trying to sanitize, sterling silver jewelry may be wiped gently with alcohol. Avoid rubbing alcohol on the stones - I can't guarantee the results. Please also avoid using bleach on sterling silver, as it will turn black. If it does, a polish with a Sunshine cloth will have it good as new!!