7 x 3.5 x .02 cm, 8.2 g
Sterling Silver 18k Rose Gold Plated with Hand Dyed Variegated Silk Ribbon
Available colours: Maroon (x1), Navy (x1)
Rosie Harris is a goldsmith based out of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. She fuses traditional jewellery-making skills such as lost wax casting with the technical CAD skills she developed while working as an engineering technologist. She brings over 20 years of experience, as well as both formal and self-taught training to create sterling silver and gold vermeil jewellery designs that are deeply rooted in nature and the Pacific Northwest.
The earrings shown here started as a sketch. The design's final iteration was created by drafting the design using CAD software first as a 2D design, and then creating a 3D design. The 3D design is 3D into a jewellery-specific resin. The resin is cast using the lost wax casting technique to produce the sterling silver pieces. The silver pieces are then finished by hand, grinding of the casting sprues and polishing them using emery papers and later rough on a polishing wheel to get a beautiful high shine mirror finish. The (almost) finished pieces are then electroplated with 18k rose gold and rhodium to get the final finish and color.
The "High Tide" design is inspired by magic hour on the beach on warm summer nights, when the tide is high, the sun is low, and the sunlight is dancing on the water. To create an out-of-the-ordinary design worthy of conversation, the artist added a macrame fringe using used hand-dyed variegated silk ribbons to adorn these minimalist designs to create stunning statement pieces. While other materials or colours of ribbon may be later available, these are the only pieces in this exact combination.