№ 079 Turquoise
These earrings feature sterling silver beads from Nepal with crushed turquoise inlay and traditional repoussé metal work, which is accomplished when hammering a relief into metal from the reverse side. These beads are paired with antique coin silver dangles from India.
Turquoise has traditionally been thought of as a stone to unite earth and sky, bringing together male and female energies. It is considered a strengthening stone while also instilling inner calm and enhancing intuition.
Coin silver is made from a mixture of metals with a high pure silver content, often repurposing coins by melting them down. The coin silver components I work with are antiques from all of the world, ranging from 80-120 years old, found in India, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, and many West African countries such as Nigeria and Mali. The wear and patina of antique coin silver has informed much of my jewelry aesthetic over the years. The pieces are very special and rare.
Earrings measure 2 ¼” from top of earwire. All findings used are oxidized sterling silver.