Cabochon Small Oval Amber and Sterling Silver Drop Earrings
A beautiful Sterling silver & Amber earring.
Álvaro Sánchez was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he studied design, music and architecture.
Since leaving Argentina he has lived in almost every country in Latin America until 1990 when he established residence on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.
As a self-taught silversmith Álvaro has gathered influences, techniques and inspiration from the ancient and contemporary art of the many cultures he has been immersed in.
His artistic style has an urban Latin flavour.
Using precious metals and natural gems, Álvaro creates fine jewellery that is durable and very comfortable to wear.
Hand made on Saltspring Island, B.C. Color of stone may vary slightly from the photo.
Drops ~ 3/4 inch
Silver is a highly malleable metal with a brilliant white metallic lustre that can take a high degree of polishing. This has led to its huge popularity in jewellery where it is combined with copper to make it more durable. This alloy has been known as sterling silver since the 13th century. The minimum fineness of silver allowable in sterling silver is 92.5% which gives rise to the term 925. However most jewellery today uses the ration 97.5% silver to 2.5 % copper.
Amber was believed to be a powerful talisman by the Vikings. Stories of the magical powers of this fossilised tree resin, washed up on the shores of the Baltic, go back to pre-historic times. The tiny flaws contained within Amber are known as inclusions and are evidence of organic matter - some rare specimens containing insects are extremely valuable as most of the world's amber is in the range of 30-90 million years old.
Amber is believed to encourage creativity and encourage a sunny nature, as well as protecting the wearer from negativity.