Reticulated Sterling Silver and Lapis Lazuli Cabochon Earrings

$64.00

Reticulated Sterling Silver and Lapis Lazuli Cabochon Earrings If texture is desired, these are the earrings for you! I have taken a sheet of sterling silver and put it through a process known as reticulation. The silver is heated, cleaned, heated, cleaned, etc. several times. Each time it is heated the copper in the sterling silver is brought to the surface. During the last heating with the torch, it begins to melt - and creates the most amazing texture! The process of reticulating silver never yields the same result twice. It is a laborious process...but I love result!  The texture achieved on this particular sheet of silver resembled craters in the moon.

Once reticulated, I cut two 7/8" rounds, soldered a ring to the back, and a sterling silver bezel, which holds a beautiful, 5mm Lapis Lazuli Cabochons. Forgive my pun, but all the while I was creating these earrings, the Patsy Cline hit "Blue Moon of Kentucky" was playing in my head...there may have even been humming! :) The metal has been buffed by hand, oxidized, and polished to bring out the highlights. These earrings hang from my hand forged, sterling silver ear wires and measure approximately 1 1/2" in length.

These are most definitely one of a kind!

Jewelry is made using traditional metalworking techniques, including soldering, filing, sanding, texturing, polishing, and tumbling in my home studio. Jewelry comes wrapped in a cotton-lined gift box and ships quickly. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

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NOTE: 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these earrings will be donated to Miracle Horse Rescue, a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for helping me help those who cannot help themselves!