Tiny Sterling Silver Enamel Fish Earrings
Enamel Vintage Jewellery
Tiny and gorgeous sterling earrings, little tiny fish with a gorgeous multicolour enamel, stud back with a white enamel back (please note these do have butterfly backs, they're just not pictured).
1.5cm x 0.9cm
2 Grams (pair)
Enamel, Sterling Silver
Spectacular vintage condition. Shows mild wear commensurate with age, no dings or chips, will come with some patina, as level of polish is a matter of taste. Has a handcrafted look to it - amazing vintage ring.
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.
Enamelling is the fusing of powdered, coloured glass to metal under very high heats. There are many different enamelling techniques - Guilloché enamelling is the process of working a fine pattern into the base metal, and covering it with a very smooth, coloured enamel surface that allows the pattern underneath to show through.