OPEN FUSED STERLING SILVER PENDANT NECKLACE - AQUAMARINE
A beautiful Sterling silver & Aquamarine pendant.
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.
Measures - 18" chain, pendant 1.2 x 0.6 inches
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.
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.
Aquamarine, is a form of beryl and has been valued as a gemstone for thousands of years. It even appears in the Bible. The double reference to water in the name, which is a compound of the Latin wordsaqua, for water, and marina, “of the sea” suggests that the ancients connected the stone closely with water.
In addition to appearing in settings with other, more precious gems, Aquamarine was also highly valued by sailors, who considered it to be a lucky stone.
Aquamarine is the birthstone for March and the stone for the zodiac sign Scorpio. In the Middle Ages it was thought that aquamarine would reduce the effect of poisons.
Handmade on Saltspring Island BC.