These Rhyolite stones are also known as "Rainforest Jasper" for a reason - they have a gorgeous pattern of greens, whites, subtle yellows and rust colors - making you feel surrounded by the forest. They hang on sleek, hammered, anti-tarnish Argentium - The Finest Sterling Silver. I form the wire into a dangle style earring, gently curving it around a wooden circular mold, then hammer its end for a sleek, modern look.
Rhyolite is an igneous rock with high silica content - chemically identical to granite, although sometimes mistaken as a jasper. It's also knows as Rainforest Jasper and Rainforest Rhyolite.
Rhyolite is said to light the fire of creativity within the soul and help with self-realization. It also connects you to Planet Earth, the joy of being alive, the energy of growth, and the desire to be in balance with nature.
Argentium® – The Finest Silver - is a purer version of Sterling Silver that is also highly tarnish resistant. Standard "Sterling Silver" is an alloy composed of 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper. This is why you may also see "925 Sterling Silver" for items that are Sterling Silver.
Argentium® is made with 93.5% silver and 6.5% other metals, including germanium and copper, which gives Argentium® additional beneficial properties for jewelry makers. For my jewelry, the biggest benefit of using Argentium® instead of regular Sterling Silver is that it is anti-tarnish. It is also not plated, it is 100% Argentium® Silver - so there is no worry about plating rubbing off. Argentium® jewelry is always hypoallergenic.
In addition to these benefits, Argentium® is responsibly manufactured, is ethically sourced, and is certified to be made with 100% recycled silver.
NOTE: Argentium® Silver should never be cleaned using silver "dip" cleaners. Please either wipe with a soft cloth or use only water and mild dish soap if you need to clean your Argentium® Sterling Silver jewelry.
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