Dragonfly Earrings, Rustic Olive Green Picasso Swarovski Handmade Designer Jewelry
Dragonflies have been a very symbolic totem for many cultures worldwide. In a Zuni story, Dragonfly becomes the intermediary between humans and their divinities through the act of creative imagination, bringing much needed rain to the life sustaining corn crops. To honor that story, these haunting, handmade earrings are named SHUMAK’OLO:WA, Zuni for “dragonfly.” The one of a kind earrings were created with glowing Czech glass coin beads with an impressed dragonfly on each side. Depending on the light, the pressed glass dragonfly beauties change in color from light olive green to light aqua blue with some amber highlights. They are a hypnotizing mix of translucent and milky opal glass with an earthy Picasso finish of browns and ambers to bring out the beautiful detail of the dragonflies and to give an aged, vintage look to the beads.
To add more than a jolt of cheerful sparkle, Czech crystals and Swarovski crystals were stacked on top of the dragonfly beads. First are Czech crystals set in copper rondelles. The Czech crystals have an aurora borealis finish for a rainbow of colors. Nestled into the top of the Czech rondelles are faceted 6 mm faceted Swarovski crystal bicones in a lovely green color called “erinite.” A small copper bead separates it from the 4 mm erinite crystal stacked above it. All the components used to create the earrings were wrapped on a copper head pin and connected to sterling silver French hook earwires with a copper bicone accent. Carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, the SHUMAK’OLO:WA artisan earrings were made for the woman who has a deep affinity for dragonflies.
- Czech glass dragonfly beads: app. 24 mm x 5 mm; Picasso finish
- Czech crystal rondelles: app. 7 mm x 3 mm; aurra borealis finish on crystals
- Swarovski crystals: faceted 6 mm and 4 mm “erinite” bicones
- Metal: copper and sterling silver
- Earwires: sterling silver French hooks with copper bicone bead accent
- Length: app. 2” / 5.1 cm from the top curve of the sterling earwires
For a better understanding of the relative size of the dragonfly coin beads used to create the SHUMAK’OLO:WA earrings, please be sure to check out photo #5 for a size comparison with a dime.
Dragonflies are said to carry the wisdom of transformation and adaptability in life; they are often viewed as messengers between the gods and humans. Even though man made, glass and crystals carry the energies of transformation, rebirth and communication. Copper is said to allow the wearer to recognize barriers in the path of personal development. Silver is a metal of love and healing; it is a mirror to the soul, helping us to see ourselves as others see us.
The SHUMAK’OLO:WA artisan dragonfly earrings were carefully designed and handmade in a dog friendly, smoke free studio. They will be carefully packed in an organza jewelry bag with tissue, perfect for gift giving to a loved one . . . or to yourself!
***Please be aware that not all monitors exhibit colors exactly the same. The colors of the items used to create my jewelry are extremely close to the actual color on my monitor. The colors may appear lighter or darker on your monitor.
E1140 - 12-15-16
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