These earrings are made out of hand-hammered solid copper and sterling silver suspended from antiqued sterling silver earwires. All components have then been gently oxidized for personality and depth, and as one-of-a-kind pieces, each will vary slightly from the item pictured.
This earrings measures 1 inches in length.
You can view other Sterling Silver jewelry items here, or Copper items here.
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.
One of the oldest metals ever used by man, natural copper has a unique, warm glow. It's been used in jewelry for thousands of years and has been an important material in the development of civilization.
Copper has a reddish color and takes on a bright metallic luster, but tarnishes easily. It turns color to either a dullish brown or a shade of green known as "verdigris". When verdigris forms over copper, it works as a protective layer and prevents further corrosion.
Chemicals in some peoples' sweat can hasten this oxidation process and cause the verdigris to rub off onto their skin, "turning it green."