Gold sprinkle earrings.
Feather light and dramatic but also subtle. For those days when it is all about elegance and all you need is the high contrast of small gold nuggets (placer gold) and blackened sterling silver. Earrings hang a bit more than 2.5 inches (6.5 cm).
I bet you may have never heard of placer gold! Placer gold is a name used to describe small pieces of gold - sometimes flour-grain sized - that have eroded from the Motherlode and are transported by streams sometimes quite far away from where they originated; they can be "young" (geologically-speaking) or billions of years old. Placer gold is collected by mining of stream bed alluvial deposits; the name "placer" derives from the Spanish placer, meaning shoal or alluvial/sand deposit. The karat content of gold in placer gold varies with the deposit where it originates but also with the time they were was exposed to the elements; often, the karat content of gold increases with time as other minerals are leached over millennia leaving behind the more stable gold matrix. Most of the placer gold I use originates from mines in Alaska and Canada, but I also purchased some from a family that mines it themselves from riverbeds in North Carolina. X-ray fluorescence is the one of the methods used to determine the karat content of placer gold; I use gold that is anywhere between 20 and 24K.