These earrings are fine silver and 24K gold with a 3mm Citrine. The ear posts are sterling silver.
They are part of the BAE Collection the collection to honor Jack. 10% of proceeds go to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, where we first met Jack in 2012.
The colors (silver and gold), symbolize the colors of Jack's furry coat, the Citrine symbolizes his sparkle and the twinkle in his eyes. I also see these pieces as gentle, soft, and sweet, just like Jack was.
This pair is further inspired by his coat, the texture of the silver and the gold both resemble his fur. And believe me, I am very familiar with his fur in all places, on him, all over us, and all over the house.
The earrings measure 1.5" long and 0.25" wide. The Citrine measures 3mm.
They are made by the ancient Korean technique called Keum Boo. The English translation of Keum Boo is "attached gold".
The Keum Boo process goes like this...If sterling silver is used it must go through a process, called depletion gilding, in which the fine silver is brought to the surface. This is done by heating the metal to between 600 and 800 degrees then quenching it in the pickle (a mild acid cleaning solution). This process is carried out 10 to 20 times or until the metal has a matte, white finish. Then the Keum Boo fusion process can be carried out.
In the Keum Boo process, the 24K gold is cut out first. Then the fine silver is heated to somewhere between 600 - 800 degrees. The gold dot is then applied and fused with the silver by burnishing. Burnishing is done by rubbing the gold onto the silver with an agate and/or a titanium burnisher until the metals fuse (meaning that they become one metal). The pieces are then formed and finished.