GOLD FILLED & STERLING SILVER EARRINGS
Each piece of Doreen Schneider's unique jewellery is a fascinating sculptural story framed in silver.
These gold filled & sterling silver earrings have a large sterling forged ring and two smaller gold-filled rings and sterling silver ear wires..
Drop: ~ 2 inches
Hand crafted on Vancouver Island by Doreen Schneider
Gold-filled: also called rolled-gold. These jewellery items are not actually filled with gold. They are made of a base metal (usually brass or copper) covered by sheets of gold in a mechanical process. Effectively a thick coat of gold: the gold content is 5% or1/20 of the total weight. Gold-filled items are used for your top-of-the-line jewellery. Made with 14kt gold, it is hard wearing. With reasonable care it will not peel or flake, and should last as long as solid 14kt gold. It is safe to wear for with most people who have sensitive skin.
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”.
Since ancient times, silver has been closely associated with the moon and lunar influences. Diana the Roman goddess of the moon hunted with a silver bow.