In the making of this I employed a newly learned technique called Russian Filigree. This technique goes back hundreds of years. It often suggests lace and remains popular in Indian and other Asian metalwork. It was popular as well in Italian and French metalwork from 1660 to the late 19th century and used to be taught in metal working schools in the Russian states in the last part of the last century. each one of these pieces is 100 % hand made and formed and requires hours of patience and diligence in the process. These are great eye-catching earrings but have so much design incorporated in them. They are light on the ear and are really fun to wear. These earrings were made flat and then forming to their shape gives the filigree dimension and movement With the Filigree pieces, the filigree wire itself is made by hand and then once the piece is completed only the framing wire which is Sterling silver is polished to a high shine finish. The Filigree wire is actually Fine silver which has higher Silver content than the Sterling silver used for framing the pieces. The filigree wire is then depletion gilded: an ancient process to make the filigree wire have a white matt finish to provide contract between the Framing wire and the filigree wire. What this actually does is cause the expulsion of the alloys leaving behind a pure silver layer on the filigree wire at the molecular level. These earrings measure 3 inches from the top of the earring wire to the bottom of the earring; not quite shoulder scrapers.