Earrings: 3 1/2 inch dangle earrings with 0.925 sterling silver hooks, multiple strands featuring "liquid" silver, red glass seed beads and red Swarovski leaded crystals.
(Liquid silver is a rather fanciful name given to skinny sterling silver tube beads. When used in multiple strands, they seem to "flow" like liquid. The ones in this design are 0.925 sterling.)
What does 0.925 mean? Put simply, this means the compound is 92.5% pure silver. Fine silver (99.9%) is too soft for most applications. So a stronger metal is added to make the silver more practical for everyday wear and use. Copper is the usual choice for the other 7.5% of the equation.
Silver is a popular choice for jewelry both for its beauty and durability, not to mention the lower cost. It has also been said that silver can be a mood lifter.
For further reading: Sterling Silver
Swarvoski crystal beads are a brand name of precision cut lead crystal beads that have been around since the late 1800s. They are produced by Swarovski AG of Austria. Daniel Swarovski patented the electric machine that made mass production of the beads possible.
For further reading: Swarovski
Swarovski's official site: http://www.swarovski.com/