TESSERA beaded drop earrings in 14K gold fill with gold plated hematite, lying angled
TESSÉRA beaded drop earrings in 14K gold fill with noir hematite
TESSÉRA Drop Regular price $73
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When I think TESSÉRA I think Melrose, with glam rock kings and tinsel damsels lining storefronts. I'd flash just enough bling to impress passersby but not enough to be overdramatic – TESSÉRA is my venture to capture this balance in elegance.

P.S. TESSÉRA Drops feature graduated hematite clusters which catch the light in a way reminiscent of fresh rain under changing streetlights. Tiny beads in sterling or gold fill really round out this look.

Choose gold-plated or noir hematite beads with 14K gold fill, or noir hematite with sterling silver.



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14K gold fill is the next best thing to solid karat gold.

In the U.S., gold fill is regulated by the FTC. By law, 14K gold fill must contain 5% pure karat gold by weight.

The gold fill process mechanically pressure-bonds solid karat gold to a core of silver or fine brass. Due to this fusion, gold fill gives you the weight and luster of solid karat gold at 1/5 the cost. It is also extremely durable.

Gold-filled metal comes available to jewelers in three forms: sheet, wire and tubing (see diagram for proportions).
14K gold fill schematic
Argentium® 93.5% pure silver is a higher grade silver than traditional sterling (92.5% pure) silver.

While sterling is prone to tarnish, Argentium resists tarnish, allowing for a longer-lasting “super-sparkle” buff right out of the box. Argentium is also a stronger, brighter material than traditional silvers, providing heirloom-quality semiprecious metal pieces while maintaining a reasonable price point.

Best of all, Argentium silver is ethically sourced at all steps of its manufacture.


Argentium silver manufacturer seal

Complimentary Shipping on Orders of $100+*

*Excludes international and priority shipping. Please allow 8–12 business days for fabrication, as each piece is handmade to order.

Designer Guaranteed, Quality Assured

Your new Pliers & String piece is Designer Guaranteed to be of the highest quality craftsmanship and material.

As such, if you don’t absolutely adore your P.S. piece, I will provide a full refund or exchange within five (5) days of your receipt of the item,** including complimentary shipping.

Please remember that each piece is handfashioned and crafted to order. As such I would ask that you take careful consideration while making your purchase.

**Piece must be returned in its original packaging; on its original jewelry card; in as-new condition; and with no trace of wear.

Complimentary Extended 6-Month Repair Policy Included with Every Purchase

I’m happy to offer complimentary repair of any defect in fabrication for a period of 6 months from date of purchase, as well as complimentary shipping.

Does not cover damage or wear.


P.S. Designer Guaranteed, Quality Assured

Pliers & String Designer Marina Ivanova



Originally from Bulgaria, I’m thankful to have grown up surrounded by makers. Both of my babas – grandmothers – were fond of the old traditions, those of the hands; keen on teaching me crochet, knitting and needlepoint.

Soon after this, my immediate family and I fled for Italy during the fall of the communist bloc in 1989.

Years later, having moved to Los Angeles, I brought my own modern, architectural reinvention of my babas’ Turkic aesthetic to GUESS? – where I designed over a thousand pieces sold domestically and worldwide.

Throughout my time working in global fashion, however, I kept thinking of them – of my babas, who taught me to work with string and yarn, hooks and pliers. . . .

Pliers & String Jewelry Atelier is dedicated to their memory.


sincerely—— MARINA IVANOVA



w/ work seen in:

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