Monday, March 31, 2008

Alternative Metals

Sterling silver is beautiful, one of my favorite metals, actually. But isn't it fun to mix it up a little from time to time? Especially if it is less expensive, but just as jaw dropping?

That is what I decided to do. So I went for something a little different - brass.

These earrings are my Petal Earrings in brass, and I think they are lovely. The ear wires are sterling silver and it gives a nice contrast.




I was going for different with this cuff bracelet as well.

I cut this 6" long cuff from a sheet of shiny brass and hammered the heck out of it. It is about 1 and 1/2" in width and it just gorgeous. Of course, I may be biased. Your call on that one.





Another alternative to sterling silver? Gold-fill. What is gold-filled? It is not the same as plating. A thick sheet of 14 karat gold is permanently bonded to base metal, letting the eye and skin only come into contact with the gold! It is a beautiful yet economical alternative to solid gold.


With that in mind, I decided to design some pieces.
This is by far my best selling ring set, Uno, Dos, Tres. It consists of three gold-filled rings. Two are hammered bands and one features a twisted rope design. Lovely!







For other gold-filled designs, please check out my Etsy shop, A Blond And A Torch.

Have a terrific Monday!

-Jen

6 comments:

Caroline said...

I'd never heard of gold-filled jewelry before! It looks pretty.

Sandra Eileen said...

Very nice texture on your bangle!

Scott Bulger Photography said...

The brass cuff is definitely beautiful.

A Blond And A Torch said...

Thank you!

Jessica said...

what a gorgeous cuff bracelet!

Teal Chic said...

love the cuff!!!