Antique Insignia / Fine Silver Earrings - Birds & Birdbath



These stamped charm earrings were created in pure silver (99.9%) using a wax stamp. Taken from a Victoria-era wax stamp wheel, the image is of two birds resting on a birdbath. What a perfect way to celebrate Spring.

To create the charm in pure silver, I use Metal Clay, a relatively new medium which consists of tiny particles of pure silver in a clay base. After each piece is created, I fire it in my kiln. During the firing process, the clay medium burns away, leaving a silver ingot with less than 1% impurities. As opposed to sterling silver, which is 92.5% pure silver mixed with 7.5% alloy metals.

After being fired in the kiln, each insignia is oxidized and sanded to bring out the fine detail, then tumbled overnight to ensure strength and to achieve a high shine.

Because fine silver is so pure, it is generally resistant to tarnishing and requires a minimum of care. I recommend gently cleaning with a soft cloth as needed.

The finished insignia measures approximately 1/2 an inch across, and swings freely from handforged sterling earwires.

Each piece will arrive with a story card explaining briefly about the process of creating this unique pendant. Your pendant will arrive in a little box with anti-tarnish padding, perfect for storing your new treasure or ready for any gift-giving occasion.