Named for Norah Payne, a metalsmith who inspired their design with her beautiful work, these earrings feature dark teardrop-shaped amethysts set upon a darkly patinaed sterling silver background.
amethyst, sterling silver, fine silver
Famous for it's striking purple color, amethyst is one of the most popular gemstones. Like smokey quartz, rose quartz and citrine, amethyst is a particular kind of quartz that has been subjected to just the right amount of heat and pressure to cause the purple hue. Clear quartz is often heat treated to cause the color change artificially, but Everyday Elemental makes every effort to use only naturally-occurring amethyst..
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.