STERLING SILVER SCROLLED BEAD PENDANT
This beautiful sterling silver pendant is made from a two sided open scrlled work bead with a long silver plated chain.
The chain measures 30 inches in length and the pendant ~ 1 1/2 inches in diameter
Hand crafted on Vancouver Island by silversmith Judith Hirczy.
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 sterling silver. Most modern silversmiths today use sterling siver on a ratio of 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.