Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Handmade Sterling Silver Mother Of Pearl Earrings

Mother of pearl is the common name for iridescent nacre, a blend of minerals that are secreted by oysters and other mollusks and deposited inside their shells, coating and protecting their bodies from parasites and foreign objects. Although pearls are popular today, some past cultures regarded colorful pieces of mother of pearl as more desirable decoration for jewellery and other objects.Jewelry made from mother of pearl is in the group called organic jewellery, which includes all jewellery that originates from a living creature, plant or other living organism. Oval Mother of Pearl hang from hand formed argentium sterling silver hand formed rings.  Sterling silver leverbacks.

Mother of Pearl-10mm x14mm oval
Hand formed rings-12mm fused
Total length from top to bottom-51mm (2") 

Gracie Jewellery arrives in it's own storage pouch.

*Argentium Sterling Silver is sterling silver with less of the copper alloy. Copper is what makes sterling silver tarnish. Argentium is 92.5% pure silver with the balance a mix of germanium and copper. This makes Argentium silver harder, brighter and more highly tarnish resistant than traditional sterling silver. 

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