Today’s (penultimate) design in my seven-day series of earring designs inspired by the seven wonders of the world, was inspired by a “Modern World Wonder.” Completed in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA, was the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time of its completion. Although 8 other bridges around the world now surpass it in span, the Golden Gate bridge remains an internationally recognized symbol of San Francisco and California.
The color of the bridge, vermilion orange, known as “International Orange”, was chosen for it standout visibility in fog, as well as its ability to compliment and enhance the natural surroundings. Originally painted with a lead-based paint and lead top coat, this paint was stripped off in the 1960s to be replaced with non-lead paints. Today, 38 painters remain on hand to touch up paint as needed.