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Nephrite jade, sterling & Bali silver drop earrings
Achsah - $20
Part of the Catnip Collection
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These lovely earrings feature rounds of nephrite jade with authentic Bali silver accents on sterling silver ear wires.

This earrings measures 0.5 inches in length.

You can view other Jade jewelry items here, or Sterling Silver items here.

Jade has been highly valued by humans for over 7,000 years. Considered a symbol of nobility and perfection by the Chinese, Jade was often carved into religious and mystical symbols, and was used by ancient Central American cultures and valued more highly than gold.

The term Jade encompasses two separate species of Jade: Jadeite and Nephrite. Jadeite being the rarer of the two stones is quite expensive. Jade's color is determined by the amount of iron within the stone. Low iron levels produce colors such as white and light gray, while higher level of iron result in darker reds, grays, and greens.

Jade is believed to strengthen the body and increase longevity, and is known as a symbol of love and virtue. Jade is mined in China, Canada, Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, Taiwan and the U.S.A.

Sterling silver is a white, highly reflective precious metal composed of 925 parts of pure silver and 75 parts alloy, usually copper. Copper provides the silver with sufficient hardness and wearing qualities, as pure silver is sometimes considered too soft to be used or worn everyday.

At times, we oxidize or "antique" our finished sterling pieces to blacken the recessed areas, and then rub the rest of the piece to a high white shine. Oxidizing can give a piece of jewelry wonderful depth and rustic feel.

Achsah - $20