This truly handmade pair of solid Sterling Silver earrings has sparkling raspberry color Rhodolite Garnet pear shaped gemstones in a French hook ajoure style with lots of dangle from the handmade chain. The Garnet gems are matched 8 x 6mm well faceted gems with eye clean clarity that weigh 2.24 carats together. These stunning naturally mined gems are completely untreated. Garnet is the birthstone of January.
The gemstones sit in open-backed baskets with full bezels holding them, a very secure design that allows a lot of light to enter the gems. They are surrounded by a pear shaped mounting to match their shape. The sloped area leading up the gems has been decorated with ajoure work. Many would call this filigree, however, ajoure work is accomplished by sawing and piercing away material while filigree is created by soldering wire into the design. They each have their own special character and this ajoure really commands attention.
I started this project by melting down fine silver and pure copper to create an ingot of 93% alloy of silver, a little on the rich side of .925 Sterling. The remaining 7% is only copper, no base metal was used for the alloy, less chance for any allergic reaction. The hammering and/or the rolling began soon afterwards.
This piece is completely hand made, hand crafted, and hand fabricated. It is not a casting, has no glue and no factory made parts, we even draw wire and roll our own sheets. This style of workmanship is all but lost in today’s high tech world due to the high skill level required and the lengthy amount of time it consumes. This old school method that I studied in Thailand is known to be the finest technique in jewelry production in the world and adds greatly to the value and the durability of the jewelry.
We stamp each piece of Sterling Silver with 925 and also hallmark it LEE, my makers stamp and my personal guarantee of quality.
We are happy to make you a custom piece of jewelry with Sterling 925 silver or 18K yellow gold. Select your own style by browsing my online selection catalog with over 500 of my designs that I will send you the link to when you contact me in a message system that allows links such as my gemtownusa in gmail or you can find it in a Google search for Lee’s Gems fine handmade jewelry and gemstone. I will create a listing right here just for you so you can still enjoy the comfort of being on ebay while having a custom piece of jewelry truly handmade. As an alternative to my catalog, you may send me an item number of a piece you see, a picture or even a picture of a sketch you drew, however, I do not like to draw or use CAD but you are welcome to do so.
Feel free to select any stones from my stores or send me yours to have me create your own LEE. Please note that I am happy to work with your personal stones but I do not have any insurance to protect them, thus the stones will be at your risk only. When we use a stone from my store I back the stone for the purchase price, however, I do not guarantee or insure a stone that I did not sell. That said, it is not common that one breaks or is damaged in setting. The queue for a custom ordered piece to be ready for shipping is usually 30 to 60 days and your piece will enter the queue as soon as you make your payment and we have the stones. Contact me with your ideas for a fast quote.
Perhaps I have already made a piece that is just right for you. Please browse my entire selection of over a thousand jewelry items in stock and ready for immediate shipping.
A couple of quick tips on caring for your silver jewelry: Whenever you remove the jewelry for sleep or work, wipe it with a polishing cloth. When storing your silver be sure to remove all finger prints from the metal by wiping it down then store it in a sealed container.
All of my jewelry items are one of a kind pieces so when you buy one you will receive the exact piece pictured. The only exceptions will be accent stones that I continually replace and maintain the same listings.
I try to provide you a complete view of each piece with one still picture and about a 40 second video. They are each taken with high magnification and show details similar to viewing with a 10-20X loupe. My children usually take the videos and the pictures are not photo-shopped. They are not perfect quality but are sufficient to understand the level of craftsmanship involved in the smithing and the lapidary. This also ensures that the jewelry will look even more beautiful in real life.
I would like to thank you for looking at my online stores. This is not an auction, you have no time spent waiting for an item to end and there is no bidding so less stress. You may simply purchase your items immediately and we will ship them right out, usually every other day is a post office day.
Here is a shot of my wife, May and I on an early morning, ready for the rough stone market at the northern border of Thailand.
Customer service is the main thing that May and I are selling here. It is of the utmost importance to us that you enjoy your shopping experience with us. Please let us know whenever we can be handy.
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We normally ship immediately, within the next 1 or 2 days, after payment on all in stock items. Before you pay your invoice you may select either Registered Air or Express Air for shipping your order from here in Thailand. The Registered Air is free to any country, usually delivers in about 2 weeks, has tracking and has been very dependable for thousands of items I have shipped. The Express Air cost and additional $32 and is for any country, usually delivers in 3-5 business days, has tracking and also has a very strong delivery success rate. Please note that any custom duty or other tax added by a third party such as your country’s government is your responsibility only.
Your satisfaction is my priority. Any item in good condition may be returned to us with no questions asked within a full month for a refund of 110% of the purchase price in the form of merchandise credit or exchange. Money back thru Pay Pal on 85% of the purchase price and you covering the shipping is also an option.
Shop in comfort and buy with confidence. I am an American gemologist and a silver and gold smith dividing my time with the great USA and the beautiful kingdom of Thailand. I run a small shop where we hand hammer solid pieces that are heirloom quality. We do not cast anything, use any machine made components or ever use any glue in this completely hand made jewelry. Each of my gemstones is hand selected and is warranted to be accurately identified and all know treatments are disclosed. We are a family run business striving to serve you in the best possible ways.
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