Juxtaposed textures highlight form and shadow in these contemporary pearl earrings. Elegant smooth white pearls are suspended between rough and fragmented textures in an elegant dichotomy suspended from sterling silver ear wires.
Contemporary pearl earrings organically fused in sterling silver, Hammered Pearls fuse edgy texture and classic elegance. Hand forged, fused and wrapped, these contemporary pearl earrings dangle and sway, reflecting light accented with a beautiful black patina.
These earrings measure 2.6 inches from the top of the ear wire, and are approximately 0.5 inches wide.
Note from the Artist
I made these science earrings entirely by hand. I’m fascinated with the textures created by combining fusing, granulation, and forging. Each piece on my workbench is special, but with Hammered Pearls I was inspired by the delicious visual tension of juxtaposed textures.
Subtle dappled texture in smoothly rounded squares is highlighted by the elegant sheen of pearl. Yet the contrast of organically raw fused sterling silver nails against the subtle sheen and square texture bring a visual excitement to these unique contemporary pearl earrings. Linear lines of patina darkened forged silver draw the eye, while the soft sheen of pearls against hammered texture elegantly reflects the light.
Probably one of the most rewarding things to create is handmade texture- and the varying textures in Hammered Pearls is no exception. I always approach the creation of texture a bit like a mad scientist. The alchemy of fire, force, and metal is unpredictable and enthralling. Each hammer blow shapes the metal in a new direction. Each pass of a torch runs the risk of artistic implosion, where the metal could sink into a formless mass once more. The thrill of creation is echoed in the rush of artistic freedom with every moment, until the final texture is achieved.
I hope you enjoy Hammered Pearls.