Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New "rustic" silver section.....

small rustic beaded hoops

I get lots of people looking for something a little more "rustic" than my normal style, but still fairly modern looking.

So I decided to offer some new things with a little bit of an antiqued finish, otherwise known as oxidized or blackened. They can be easily found in my new rustic section.

Oxidizing is the tarnishing process where silver turns a grayish color and loses its bright sheen. It occurs naturally when sterling silver is exposed to the air and humidity, as the non-silver part of the metal tarnishes. (Sterling silver is 92.5% silver, 7.5% other metals, hence the 925 mark you often see it marked with.)

You can let sterling do its tarnishing naturally, or you can help it along by using products like Liver of Sulfur Gel or Silver Black, that give silver that "blackened rustic" patina without having to wait.


tiny rustic knot earrings