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Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, July 25, 2007 11:56 PM (Eastern)

turquoise and goldfilled wire earrings
American turquoise, Bali vermeil and goldfilled wire earrings

The virtue here is something you don't see: it's the weight. Something about this design is next to weightless. You can wear these all day without feeling them, and the design is wide rather than long and narrow; i.e., it looks like more, without the extra weight.

American turquoise is just that, turquoise mined here. Typically it's undyed, although it's usually treated to make it more durable. The turquoise in these earrings is pretty good; I've been wearing them over the months, and the color hasn't faded (a tendency even in undyed turquoise).

Bali vermeil is what it sounds like, sterling silver plated in 24KT gold, made in Bali. The durability of the plating varies, but then the beads do too; part of the charm is the individual look of each bead.

Goldfilled consists of a base metal core, wrapped in a solid layer of karat gold. Unless otherwise stated, the karat gold layer is 1/20 of the total metal in the piece. There is also a 1/10 type of goldfilled. The karat gold layer is usually 14KT or 12KT gold.

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