Sterling Silver Forged Long Hoop earrings
Striking earrings of Sterling Silver that fasten at the back of the ear.
1 1/2 inch drop. Handmade on Saltspring Island BC.
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.