VINTAGE 1970s Sterling Silver Seashell Doorknocker Earrings
Silver is a precious white metal which is highly conductive and malleable. Because of its softness and receptiveness to polish, silver was notably first used during ancient times to create tableware with intricate designs and a mirror-like shine. Then in 12th century Europe, people discovered that silver could be alloyed with other metals to create a more durable and useful material known today as sterling silver. Initially, sterling silver was used to make monetary coins. Early Norman sterling silver pennies were typically imprinted with small stars, so many believe that that word “sterling” came from the Old English word “steorling,” meaning “with a little star.” It wasn’t until the mid-19th century that sterling silver really became popular in jewelry making, later making its mark on Art Nouveau design and modern fashion.
Sterling silver, bell bottom denim jeans and pierced ears are the epitome of the 1970s and these collectible earrings represent that decade perfectly…they’re irresistible, light as a feather, with a nautical element…a tiny seashell with a doorknocker dangling from it. These are in beautiful vintage condition and would make an excellent addition to your summer jewelry collection!
These earrings measure 1 3/8 inches in length