These Hoop earrings utilize the Russian Filigree technique which presents the problem of making the design in a mirror image of each other and of course twice the work to complete a piece. 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. These are great everyday earrings but have so much design incorporated in them. They are light on the ear and are really fun to wear. 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.