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The Story Behind the Stone: Hi-Yo Silver!

Women are doing more than adorning themselves with jewelry these days; they make choices that hint to their jewelry-savvy. Lately, their alluring baubles can tell much about the women flaunting them. For instance, prominent ear pendants are worn by fashionistas of all ages now. Casual or couture, these once thought daring ear bobs are the perfect choice to complete a day to evening look.

Jarrett-FebruaryOf course, bold ear wear may take some getting used to, but the payoff is huge. The best candidates for these earring choices are women with short hair or hair worn up to really display these danglers. It draws the right kind of attention to a lady’s jaw line and beautiful mouth. Nothing wrong with that.

But innovative designers also use this real estate to create articulated (that’s moving to us lay-persons) pieces that move gracefully with a turn of the head, creating an opportunity for light to play whimsically off the shiny surfaces of the metal or gems on the piece.

How do they make such bodacious jewels without risk to the lady’s delicate earlobes? Designers are more frequently using precious sterling silver with its iconic patina and cool white vibe.

I’m glad you asked - silver is a lighter metal in contrast to gold; and clever designers know that. Gold’s atomic weight is 196.9, while silver’s atomic weight is 107.8. This frees designers to create large pendant earrings with artistic abandon, knowing they’ll be comfy on the wearer all day long.

Award winning trade journalist and gemologist Diana Jarrett is a Registered Master Valuer Appraiser and a member of the Association of Independent Jewellery Valuers (AIJV). She’s a popular speaker at conferences and trade shows. Jarrett writes for trade and consumer publications, online outlets, her blog: Color-n-Ice, and www.jewelrywebsitedesigners.com. Contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit her website at www.dianajarrett.com, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter (Loupey).