pure silver gingko leaf earrings with red garnet 24k gold foil patina

Gingko Leaf Earrings With Garnets

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I plucked these Gingko earrings from outside my office at the County building. Gingko leaves come in different shapes and sizes so I usually pluck a variety. Since the new leaves grow in spring and drop in the fall, I make it a point to gather them at different times.

Gingko trees are amazingly resilient. They grew back after the bomb blasts in Hiroshima!

I press the leaves into silver clay to get the impression, then cut around the leaf. Before firing the dried clay I position a fine silver bezel in the clay and adhere it with syringe clay. After firing I burnish parts of the pure 999 silver leaf with 24K Gold foil, a process called Keum boo. The two metals fuse and give a very attractive mixed metal look. After painting on patina for accent, I tap the garnet into the bezel and secure it.

These lovely earrings can be worn for dress up or everyday wear.

Dimensions: 1 inch long X 3/4 inch at the widest part. Sterling silver ear wires. These can be switched to comfortable sterling silver ear wires for an additional charge.