Handcrafted, Sterling Silver, Garnet, Heart, Earrings

Handcrafted, Sterling Silver, Garnet, Heart, Earrings

£55.00Price

These dainty sterling silver heart earrings showcase the gemstone of eternal love: - deep rich red garnet, like little pomegranate seeds.

In Greek mythology, a pomegranate was often given as a gift of passion and associated with eternal love. It was this fruit that Hades gave to Persephone before she left his Underworld kingdom. When she returned, the pomegranate had transformed into a handful of Garnet gemstones.Garnet’s beauty as well as its durability and hardness makes it a great gemstone for jewellery and it has a long history of being worn. Travellers in ancient times believed that wearing garnet would help light their way and protect them from accidents.

 

As with each of my handcrafted silver pieces, these earrings started life as silver clay, which I textured, shaped, cut and drilled. After drying and sanding the clay was fired, and during the firing process the clay binder is burned away, revealing the silver.  Once I was happy with the finish, they were hallmarked at Edinburgh Assay Office and then given a patina to enhance the texture. 

 

Drop length 2cm - enough to add movement and catch the light. They  come gift boxed with information about the silver making process and the gemstone.