These silver-plated earrings are reticulated and have a moon-like texture, which catch light beautifully.
I combined them with two Zambian amethysts and used simple Spanish hooks. They are light, despite their size, and very comfortable to wear.
This texturing method first appeared in the late 1800s in Tsarist Russia, where court jewellers, including Faberge, created textured objects such as liquor flasks and cigarette cases.
Many of Faberge's craftsmen were Finns and when the Faberge studios closed during the Bolshevik Revolution, the Finns brought the technique back to their homeland and from there it spread throughout Scandinavia. Seppa, who trained with one of the Faberge artists, helped popularize the technique in the United States.
I learned the reticulation technique in Cape Breton and was so fascinated with the result that I took my first pair to Bangkok and duplicated them as fashion jewellery. The originals are all made in silver.
C $ 95