All my drop earrings hang from either Sterling Silver, 14k Gold Filled or 14k Rose Gold Filled earring wires; to help ensure you don't lose your earrings, rubber ear backs are supplied. The stud posts I use are Sterling Silver and come with Sterling Silver butterfly/scroll backs.

Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper. It is also referred to as 925 Sterling. 

Fine Silver is 99.9% pure; it is softer than Sterling but works perfectly for wire wrapping.

Sterling Silver shepherds hook.

Unless stated otherwise, this is the silver ear wire used.

Sterling Silver ear hooks featuring cubic zirconias and grain set detailing.

This is an optional upgrade; if you would prefer this ear hook contact me for a price.

Sterling Silver ear studs featuring cubic zirconias and grain set detailing.

This is an optional upgrade; if you would prefer this ear hook contact me for a price.

Gold filled comprises a solid layer of gold (14k) permanently bonded to a base metal, such as brass. The minimum layer of gold must equal at least 1/20th the weight of the total item. It is very hard wearing and under normal wear the gold will not peel or flake, unlike gold plate, and is commonly used as a more economical alternative to pure gold.

14K Gold Filled flat with bead ear hook.

Unless stated otherwise, this is the Gold ear wire used.

14K Gold Filled kidney ear wire.

This is an optional alternative to the beaded hook.

Rose gold filled comprises a solid layer of gold (14k) permanently bonded to a base metal, such as brass. The rose colour is obtained by alloying gold with copper. The minimum layer of gold must equal at least 1/20th the weight of the total item. It is very hard wearing and under normal wear the gold will not peel or flake, unlike gold plate, and is commonly used as a more economical alternative to pure gold.

14K Rose Gold Filled flat with bead ear hook.

Unless stated otherwise, this is the Rose Gold ear wire used.

14K Rose Gold Filled kidney ear wire.

This is an optional alternative to the beaded hook.

The stones I use come in various finishes; smooth/polished, matt/frosted, or faceted.

 

A polished finish is achieved in different ways dependant on the stone type, but most typically by polishing or tumbling the stones until a smooth, shiny finish is achieved.

The process to matt or frost finish a bead actually requires more steps than the traditional polished stone. The stone bead is put through all the normal steps of a polished bead - cut, drilled, polished - then it goes back into the tumbler with a fine grit powder, water and additional tiny stones and tumbled to the desired look.

Faceted is a type of cut where gemstones have multiple flat surfaces called 'Facets'; these multiple surfaces create additional areas for reflecting light.

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