I have loved silver for as long as I can remember. As a young girl I would stare into the Georg Jensen shop window in Sydney, amazed at the beauty of design, craftsmanship and aesthetic consistency of the jewelry and tableware.
Some of those traditional designs are still my favorites today. I also remember searching through incense laden bazaars and to my delight finding an Indian silver necklace set with lapis and carnelian stones, cheap as chips that satisfied my love of ethnic silver jewelry design. Two ends of the spectrum, but equally lovely.
For jewelry designers, silver is a perfect metal. Apart from its beauty – what is more gorgeous than a highly polished bangle on tanned skin? – it is affordable. Jewelry designers can experiment with large fashion inspired designs and not break the bank. Silver lends itself to all traditional jewelry making techniques.
It can be set with sparkling diamonds and semi precious stones, veneered with brilliant patterns of enamel, gilded or oxidised to emphasise surface patterns. It combines beautifully with other materials such as leather, wood, resins and it can be anti-tarnished to prevent discoloration.
Sterling silver is also very easy to dress up or dress down depending on the design, adding the benefit of versatility. Because sterling silver is so easy to craft, it is the metal of choice for many designers. The wide variety gives you the opportunity to experiment with different jewelry styles.
Sterling silver is one of those metals that will last a lifetime when treated properly. Caring for your silver jewelry is easy when carefully stored in airproof pouches, or other containers, when not in use. What’s not to love about this beautiful metal?
Rise Jewellery offers you a great selection of beautiful sterling silver jewelry pieces. No matter what you choose, you know you are giving a truly unique gift while helping artisans from around the world share their amazing work!