Southwest Sterling Dangle Bear Earrings
Native American Vintage Jewellery
Lovely southwest sterling earrings. Handcrafted circa 1980 with bear and floral motif with little hand made dangles.
3cm x 3cm excluding hooks
Spectacular vintage condition. Shows mild wear commensurate with age, no dings, will come with some patina, as level of polish is a matter of taste. Has a handcrafted look to it - amazing vintage piece. One of the little flowers has a short petal, it is smooth finished so was at time of production, not wear.
About this Piece
Sterling is an alloy of silver containing at least 92.5% pure silver (925 parts of 1000 thus the 925 stamp), the remainder is made up of a mix of metals (most commonly copper) used to make the metal workable. Pure silver is generally considered too soft to work with, although you can find silver jewellery at 950 or 980, even the occasional 99.9% fine silver, which can be work-hardened to increase durability.