Swamp Witch Earrings
Created by Jen Detlefsen in the Chrysler Museum's Perry Glass Studio.
In the glass fusing process, layers of colorful glass are stacked together and heated to 1400°F (760° C) in a kiln until they fuse into a single layer. These bewitchingly mysterious earrings have hand-forged copper hardware sandwiched between layers of naturally sparkly green aventurine or iridescent peacock shimmer glass, and are inlaid with silver leaf for extra sparkle. Finished with Argentium® low-tarnish silver ear wires for a durable and hypoallergenic shine.
Jen Detlefsen is a Norfolk-based glass artist, writer, mother and veteran. She holds a BFA in Craft from Virginia Commonwealth University and is an alumni of the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio Assistantship Residency. She received a 2019 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Award and has exhibited her artwork internationally.
Argentium® Silver Care & Information
Argentium Silver is a patented and trademarked brand of a silver alloy which replaces some of the copper in a traditional silver alloy with the metal germanium. It is a superior, high performance silver with a number of unique properties. These properties differentiate Argentium Silver from traditional Sterling silver.
Argentium Silver is more pure than Sterling (.935 or .960—sterling silver is .925 pure silver), has increased tarnish resistance, a whiter color, antibacterial and hypoallergenic properties and a firestain-free surface. All of these benefits make Argentium Silver better for the end wearer and gentler on the environment, as fewer chemicals are used in production.
Being both harder, and more tarnish-resistant than traditional sterling silver, Argentium Silver jewelry requires less maintenance and care than sterling. Simply wipe it with a clean cloth or swab it with alcohol to keep it clean.