Green Opal Earrings
These earrings started out as Sterling silver sheet and wire. Using 20ga sheet stock I cut out two 3/4" silver discs and then used some 16ga Sterling silver wire and set the discs into the wire. I then created two earring posts from 20ga Sterling silver wire and soldered those to the back.
Next, I inlay green-blue opal chips into the setting. In the second stage, I added some silver powder to the bonding agent so that the earrings provide a little extra sparkle. Much filing, sanding, and polishing before the earrings were tumble-hardened.
I am not making this style again to keep in stock in the store offering them, instead, as a one-time exclusive piece. There is no hallmarking or GGJ chop on these earrings but they are 0.925% silver.
The earrings measure 2cm (0.75") in diameter and each earring weighs about 2 grams. I'm choosing to not make these again b/c the material costs are too high. I will keep experimenting with the intention of offering a smaller (in diameter) earring using the opal inlay.
Silver country of origin: United States