For these simple, rustic earrings, I threaded a pair of freshwater pearls in soft white onto black leather cord. The pearls are approximately 5-6 mm in diameter; they hang from a slender 14k gold filled ear wire.
The total length of these earrings is approximately 2.5 inches, including earwire.
A perfect accompaniment to my convertible pearl necklace with black leather cord:
A sample sale version of these earrings, with glass pearls and hemp cord, is also available:
I use the highest quality filled gold for Gewgaws & Gimcracks jewelry. It has a higher gold content than alternatives like plated gold and vermeil.
Gold plating uses an electrostatic process to deposit a thin layer of gold over base metal like brass or copper. Because the gold layer is so thin, it is easily scratched and tends to tarnish quickly, so I don't recommend it for everyday wear (especially if you have metal allergies or sensitivities).
Gold vermeil is a more expensive version of gold plating; it involves a thin layer of gold over sterling silver. As with plated gold, vermeil is easily scratched and abraded, and tends to tarnish with regular wear.
Filled gold (also called ‘gold overlay’ or ‘rolled gold plated’) involves multiple layers of gold that are bonded mechanically to a base metal. It is stronger and more tarnish resistant than vermeil or plated gold. If you don't want to pay for solid gold, gold filled jewelry is the best alternative for pieces you wear often.
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