Silver Celtic Tree-of-Life Earrings
Here we have a lovely handmade pair of Silver Celtic Tree-of-Life Earrings.
Each shape measures approximately 1.5 cm. They hang on sterling silver wires and the total drop is about 2.5 cm. They are quite delicate but not at all flimsy and a joy to wear !
As with most of our silver pieces, these Silver Celtic Tree-of-Life Earrings are made of .999 recycled silver, so Pure Silver rather than sterling which is just .925.
These will come to you in one of our special recycled card gift boxes, that are made for us by a family run UK company. We aim to dispatch in 3-5 days.
According to the Ancient Celtic Druids, the Tree of Life possessed special powers. When they cleared an area for the purposes of settlement, a single tree would be left in the centre which became known as the Tree of Life. It provided food, warmth and shelter to the population and was also an important meeting place for high ranking members of the tribe.
As it also provided nourishment to animals, this tree was believed to take care of all life on Earth. The Celts also believed that each tree was an ancestor of a human being. It is said that Celtic tribes would only inhabit locations where such a tree was present.
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HOW OUR JEWELLERY IS MADE
We make all our Handmade Silver and Bronze Items using a material called Metal Clay. We love it as it consists of very fine, recycled metal particles that are mixed with an organic binder. Consequently, this makes a material that looks and feels much like pottery clay, so it can be used in much the same way!
First of all, after we have made the design, we air dry the clay and then it is fired in a kiln. However, to work properly this has to be at temperatures exceeding 800 degrees Celsius. This causes the binder to burn away and the metal particles to fuse together.
The result is a new piece of metal in whatever shape we happen to have sculpted or moulded it. It almost seems to be magic!
Here in the UK, any piece of Silver, over a weight of 7.78 grams, has to be tested and Hallmarked by an official Assay Office to be sold legally. Therefore, we are registered with the Edinburgh Assay Office where all our heavier creations will be stamped with our personal Hallmark.
Sterling Silver is the most commonly seen form and is 925 parts silver in 1000. The rest being cooper, which is added to give the metal more strength. So, our chains, earring wires and other findings used on these pieces are sterling silver and purchased from UK companies.
However, our own handmade elements are of a purer quality, being .999 or .960 Silver.
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