Cabochon Small Oval Turquoise and Sterling Silver Drop Earrings
A beautiful Sterling silver & Turquoise 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.
Drops ~ 2 cm stone 4mm across
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.
Turquoise is believed to have been named after Turkey where European crusaders first came into contact with the stone in medieval times. In many cultures, turquoise was valued as a protection against evil spirits and was worn as an amulet for strength and prosperity. It is particularly valued in the Native American community and made into beautiful jewelry, often combined with silver
Turquoise is the birthstone for December.