Left Brain: What in the Sam Hill are those?!
Right Brain: Don’t you love the juxtaposition? The hard, smooth surface next to the soft, fuzzy texture…
Left Brain: You have just deconstructed the charade of respectability I try to cultivate here.
Right Brain: The monochromatic composition is visually striking, don’t you agree?
Left Brain: Chroma-what? Everyone knows you can’t combine sterling silver with pussy willow catkins and call it jewelry.
Right Brain: That’s what makes them so… INTERESTING! The freedom and willingness to experiment with different and unexpected elements to make something unique and expressive of its time!
I am still waiting for something resembling Spring to happen here at 8,000 feet in elevation. Spring often takes her sweet time arriving, and is reluctant to acknowledge the equinox as a friendly reminder to show Winter the door. So, we get a little giddy when the blue birds and pasqueflowers, true harbingers of Spring, finally add that bright and cheerful counterpoint to the wintery landscape. I delight in that juxtaposition of two contrasting or opposing elements coinciding as we transition from one season to the next. Pussy willows are one of my favorite first whispers of Spring. And as a celebration of the rhythm and texture of the land, I made these whimsical earrings with them. Color is not the design element that is juxtaposed here, texture is: Crisp, smooth, metal edges are combined with soft, silky catkins. Hand-made forms are combined with organic elements found in nature. I love dreaming up new ways to play with textures, colors, and shapes. Sometimes the result is brilliant. Other times? Not so much. This time, the result is quirky, interesting, and fun! You can purchase these inexpensive Spring bling earrings here in my Jewelry Bootique.
Another question I am often asked, regarding jewelry, is, “What is the difference between gold filled jewelry and gold plated jewelry?” In order to answer this question I should probably mention a third option, solid gold jewelry. Gold filled and gold plated jewelry are options to solid gold jewelry because solid gold jewelry is expensive. People looking for a more affordable alternative often turn to either gold fill or gold plate…. So, what’s the difference? Gold filled is considered the next best, quality alternative to solid gold. It is composed of a solid layer of gold bonded with heat and pressure to a base metal such as brass. Some products are made using a base of sterling silver, but they are more expensive (defeating the purpose of having a less expensive alternative) and not common today. Gold plating is considered the least desirable of the three options. It involves a method of depositing a thin layer of gold onto the surface of another metal, most often copper. It tends to tarnish, rub off, and can often times turn one’s skin green. Gold filled jewelry has 100% more gold than gold plating. Gold filled is much more valuable and tarnish resistant. It does not flake off, rub off, or turn your skin different colors. As a matter of fact, anyone who can wear solid gold can wear gold filled jewelry without concern of any allergic reaction to the metal. Gold fill offers all the same characteristics as solid gold such as strength, durability and beauty at a fraction of the cost. Examples of jewelry containing gold fill can be seen here, here, and here.