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Shiana silver, part 2

Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, October 21, 2007 5:26 PM (Eastern)

shiana silver and lapis set

(more detail here: Beauty & Fashion Notes: this 'n' that)

This is lapis, combined with fine silver and some sterling silver.

I've gotten more into silver lately, after years of being more interested in the color of yellow gold. I still think yellow gold is special, and irreplaceable, and adds the right touch upon occasion, but silver is a material that's more widely worked; there is a far wider pool of hands involved, since more people can work with silver than with gold. The results can be interesting.

A few clicks on the Net reveal silver components from Thailand, Italy, Indonesia, Turkey, Israel, India and the U.S., for a start. But silver jewelry is produced all over the world, throughout the Middle East and Asia, in Spain and Mexico...

If you hate to polish your silver, look for the new Argentium alloy or try fine rather than sterling. Oxidized (blackened through a chemical process, then polished to highlight) silver also requires less polishing than "bright" or "white" (unoxidized) silver, and is currently enjoying a revival in the form of oxidized chains and components.

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6 comment(s)
October 21, 2007 6:30 PM, Blogger Dain said...

I hope you don't mind a suggestion. Since the pendant is so pretty and dominating, why not simplify the strand? What about delicate links of silver irregularly interrupted by clusters of lapis and some black stone? Black, blue, and and silver go well together. This way, you can make several strands like you wanted, with a lot less weight.

October 21, 2007 7:31 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Or, hm... clusters of a soft jadey green with amber? Like leaves, but only sort of.

October 21, 2007 8:20 PM, Blogger Dain said...

I'm pretty chatty... perhaps you could attach the butterflies to the hoops, too, and it'd be like... butterflies fluttering at your ear, a flower at your breast. A more balanced set, perhaps. Ok, I'm gonna shut up now.

October 21, 2007 8:21 PM, Blogger Dain said...

! I just realized, for the first time, that there's a bracelet. Duh... I was wondering why the butterflies where only on one side.

October 22, 2007 2:10 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

It was a confusing pic; I've changed it.

I'm not looking to change this piece. I've tried it on; it's perfect. It's a disadvantage when you make jewelry for yourself, because you tend to stop when the piece flatters you, or fits exactly what you're looking for. It's entirely different if you're going to sell it, then it has to be something people buy, whether or not they end up wearing it (that is how jewelry sellers think, like anyone else in retail).

October 22, 2007 3:02 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Yah, I made those comments because I thought it was a double-strand necklace. It's very arresting and unique.


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