VINTAGE 1970s 925 Sterling Silver Puffed Shell Pierced Earrings

Sterling Silver Shell Earrings 0a.jpgSilver 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. More interesting facts about the silver used in these pieces is that the “ND” is after the 925 (925 ND) indicating they’re most likely pieces produced in Bangkok, Thailand by (or for) Nida Factory Co., LTD. This is the only marking on the earrings. The 925 represents .925 (92.5%) pure silver…which is the benchmark for sterling silver.
Denim jeans, braided hair, peace signs. sterling silver and pierced ears are the epitome of the 1970s and these collectible earrings represent that decade perfectly. They resemble fancy puffed shells and are in excellent vintage condition. Stylish and timeless these pieces are dazzling and flirty while being graceful and opulent simultaneously!

These earrings are signed ND 925 and measure approx. 2″L x .75″W,sort:update_date

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