These studs feature white howlite surrounded by a textured collar. To bring in some color, teal paint was added to make an extra special patina.
howlite, sterling silver, fine silver, acrylic paint
Howlite is sometimes called 'white turquoise' because of the similar patterning, but the two minerals are actually not related. For one thing, howlite is less fragile than turquoise. In its rough form, it can also resemble a moldy lump of cauliflower. This is one stone that cleans up real nice.
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.