After surface rippled water like texture was added both earring shapes were hand cut out, oxidation was added then a dark purple surface patina was carefully added to the front of each dangle. Color is sealed with sprayed finish to ensure long lasting color; to ensure protection please keep the earrings out of contact with water. The ear wire is sterling silver. Perfect pair of earrings to coordinate with your wardrobe. Please note that the color looks more intense in the photographs listed due to the lighting set up.