About the work
I have been an active and well known jeweller in the high end contemporary craft scene in New Zealand for over a decade. My work is all hand made with very low-tech tools and unlike a lot of "hand made" jewellery my work involves no factory castings.
As my pieces are chunky and roughly forged using hammers I tend toward pure silver with it's easy workability and the fact that it does not tarnish, combined with a surface peening to add a little sparkle to your life.
All my chains, ear hooks and the thinner earrings are Sterling silver for strength. Pure silver, also referred to as fine silver, has an actual silver content of 99.9% whereas sterling silver is an alloy created when copper is added to pure silver in order to make the resulting compound more durable and less soft. Usually, sterling silver has a purity of 92.5%, meaning that 7.5% of the alloy is made of copper or another metal (usually nickel or zinc).
I use a very durable black polyester cord for long life, which I then hand braid.