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Definition of Liquid Silver


#1

Question - can you please describe what liquid silver is. I am
involved in a little dispute and would like to resolve it with an
outside resource. I believe Liquid Silver to be small silver tubes,
or beads, strung in multiple strands to make necklaces, earrings,
bracelets, etc. The other party says it can be a solid flat necklace
that “flows & moves” and is not necessarily made of tubes or beads.
There is a 1/2 inch flat snake woven chain that the other party calls
liquid silver. I do not believe it is really liquid silver becasue it
is not comprised of tubes, or beads that have been strung.

Would you be so kind as to comment?

THank you - DAphne FAirbanks


#2
 I believe Liquid Silver to be small silver tubes, or beads,
strung in multiple strands... 

Hi Daphne, You are correct. I’ve been using liquid silver (tubing)
since the 70’s in some of my southwestern inspired designs, often
strung interspersed with turquoise, carved fetishes, and such.
Someone may have incorrectly co-opted the term for marketing
purposes, but the accepted usage is what you have in your mind.

See an example: http://www.carolinaartisans.com/shop/najarojo.htm.
Not a great photo… I made this a few years ago, before I got
serious about photographing my work.

All the best,
Dave
Dave Sebaste
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans’ Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)
dave@sebaste.com


#3

Hi Daphne,

You are correct (though the liquid effect is commonly achieved
with tubes rather than round beads). Do a Google search on <“liquid
silver” +jewelry> (exact phrase minus the caret marks) and you’ll
find plenty of examples, although most of the photography I saw is
pretty bad.

Beth


#4
 I believe Liquid Silver to be small silver tubes, or beads, strung
in multiple strands to make necklaces, earrings, bracelets, etc. 

Dear Daphne - Your definition is correct.Of course, some manufacturer
might have simply appropriated the term to describe a particular
design.

Margery


#5
 involved in a little dispute and would like to resolve it with an
outside resource. I believe Liquid Silver to be small silver
tubes, or beads, strung in multiple strands to make necklaces,
earrings, 

I don’t know if there’s an actual iron-clad definition, but the only
thing I can remember marketed as ‘liquid silver’ jewelry is the
strands of thin, narrow tubes of silver strung together one sees in a
lot of Southwestern or American Indian jewelry. Usually in
multi-strand form.

But I wonder…is there anything against marketing a necklaces as
"Liquid Silver" in capitals, as a brand/style name? I mean, I would
never accept the example of a snake chain as ‘liquid silver’, and I
wouldn’t really think of a random strand (or multi-strand) of
sterling beads that weren’t the slim tube-type ‘liquid silver’, but
if a company was giving names to its chains and decided to call the
flat flowy one “Liquid Silver”, I don’t see anything wrong with it.

–M. Osedo
http://www.studiocute.com