Silver mussel stud earrings
Alex Yule's ‘Mussel Collection’ was inspired by miniature mussel shells found whilst exploring a rocky Cornish beach.
The mussel's external shell is composed of two hinged halves or ‘valves’. These tiny natural forms are replicated by creating a mould of each half into which hot silver is poured to form solid shell-shaped casts. These are then filed and prepared before being soldered together to reawaken the delicate combined forms in sterling silver. Pieces are finished with an oxidized, polished outer surface to bring out the textured detail.
The shells are approximately 8mm long.