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Prehnite and peridot earrings on Argentium sterling silver wire

Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, September 13, 2007 12:21 PM (Eastern)

prehnite and peridot earrings on argentium sterling silver wire

I'm getting more into silver now, thanks to the Argentium alloy. Before this, I would have had only a few choices:
  1. Use regular sterling silver and unannealed (natural dull silver color) niobium earring wires.
  2. Use regular sterling silver and oxidize it (and use unannealed niobium earring wires). This would produce the now-trendy antiqued look on the silver.
  3. Use fine silver (99.9%), which is not as strong, and, as you would expect, more expensive.
None of these is quite so satisfying as being able to sit down and create the entire earring from tarnish-resistant, hypo-allergenic, durable, inexpensive Argentium sterling silver.

This is the first time I've used prehnite; it's a lovely, light green stone (not as yellowish as peridot). It was something of an impulse buy; when I saw it at the bead store, the inner beauty junkie murmured, "Wouldn't these just make green eyes pop?" lol

I bought two small pieces of grossular garnet as well, and had it in mind to make some instant-gratification earrings, just the garnets and the prehnite, wrapped in a little wire. (Grossular garnet runs from muted green to earthy brown, and has a little sparkle in it.) But then I thought, eh, I can always make those earrings. Why not try something new?

I love the Indian style of earring, yet I often find them heavy. Here the metal construction is all wire, which is lighter than standard metal components.

Premade chandelier components have become quite common; I prefer the handmade ones to the mass-produced variety. They should look a tiny bit rough (it doesn't show much in the pic, but these are chased as well as hammered). The little peridot droplets on the bottom, I've had for months. I've been stringing them into this and that, but they're much nicer wrapped. They're so tiny, they're next to weightless.

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