Hellenic Owl Earrings in Sterling Silver or Antique Bronze
These are a pair of handmade Hellenic style owl earrings made with either .925 sterling silver or antique bronze. The owl charms are 1.8cm long and 1.2cm wide. The ear wire is made in the same materials as the charms. The charms are hollowed out in the back to make it light and east to wear every day. I can also make these in gold on order, so contact me for an estimate for the costs.
In Greek mythology, an owl (Athene noctua) traditionally represents or accompanies Athena, the virgin goddess of wisdom. Because of such association, it is often referred to as the "owl of Athena" & has been used as a symbol of knowledge, wisdom, perspicacity and erudition throughout the western world.
Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of copper. The sterling silver standard has a minimum millesimal fineness of 925.
Bronze is an alloy that consists of a mixture of approximately 90% copper and 10% tin. Producing bronze is a less toxic process than producing brass as brass is a combination of copper and zinc, and the manufacturing process often produces zinc oxide which is toxic.
Because bronze contains copper, it can turn your skin green whether you have an allergy or not. Bronze and copper turn your skin green because when the copper reacts with your sweat and the acids from your skin, it produces copper chloride. Copper chloride is a green substance that then rubs off on your skin. If you are prone to sweating, your bronze jewelry will definitely turn your skin green. This chemical reaction can also be prevented by painting any part of the jewelry that comes in contact with your skin with clear nail polish or clear acrylic enamel.