Interesting things tend happen when you apply enough fire. In this case, solid sterling silver turns into a molten liquid, flowing in unpredictable ways. By finishing these earrings with a high-shine, they keep the molten look without holding on to all the heat. They hang from simple ear hooks wrapped around a wire arc at the top.
Silver, oh silver. This lustrous white metal is amazing - more reflective than gold, more conductive than copper and just plain gorgeous. When used for jewelry, silver is mixed with copper or zinc to provide more durability and reduce tarnishing. Fine silver is 99.9% silver while sterling silver is 92.5%. Other alloys are used for specific processes, such as reticulation (80% silver). All silver will tarnish over time, but can be easily cleaned and polished.