Irises Van Gogh Art Earrings, Blue Handmade Polymer Clay Jewelry Gift

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The colorful IRISES handmade art earrings are inspired by the famous 1889 painting of the same name by Vincent van Gogh.  The one of a kind earrings were created with rectangle-shaped polymer clay art dangles, glowing premium Czech glass roller beads, Swarovski crystals and sterling silver.  The unique dangles are individually artisan crafted from high quality black polymer clay with a permanent van Gogh art transfer of a cropped version of his painting, “Irises.”  For durability and shine, the dangles were given several coats of varnish.  A black border on the polymer clay rectangle dangles defines the beautiful floral scene. The backside of the dangles are black and inscribed with the artist’s mark. Since the dangles are made from polymer clay, the earrings are very lightweight to wear.  Please note:  in the original painting, the white iris is on the left hand side.  
The beautiful painting (one half on one earring, the other half on the other) depicts a bed of blue irises with one white flower against red ground in the front and a yellow and green background.  It’s believed the painting was influenced by Japanese woodblock art prints:  instead of blobs of Impressionistic colors, each iris is carefully painted, each different in its shapes and curved silhouettes.  The irises were probably one of the first subjects van Gogh painted in 1889 while he was a voluntary patient at the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole mental asylum.  Originally the irises were purple but, as the red pigment faded, the flowers turned blue.  "Irises" held the record for the most expensive artwork in 1987 when it sold for $53.9 million (about $100 million now).  The painting was purchased in 1990 by the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, Calif., where it hangs today.  For more information about van Gogh's “Irises” painting, here’s a link:
To perfectly highlight the beautiful blues of the irises, premium quality Czech glass roller beads and Swarovski crystals were used.  Two roller beads are stacked on each other above the iris dangles.  The faceted beads are a luscious translucent aqua blue color with a center of metallic copper which shows through as a light terracotta.  When held up to the light, the beads positively glow, and since they are faceted, they add subtle sparkle.  To add even more sparkle, a faceted 6 mm Swarovski crystal was nestled into each roller bead.  The color is called “light sapphire,” a blue that mimics lighter sapphire precious gemstones.  Sterling silver French hook earwires with a 4 mm light sapphire Swarovski on each finishes the earrings beautifully.  Carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, the IRISES earrings were created for the woman who loves to wear unique art jewelry based on the paintings of famous artists.

  • Irises polymer clay dangles:  app. 27 mm x 20 mm x 4 mm (1.1” x 0.79”); artisan handmade by Phia Hunsaker
  • Faceted aqua blue Czech glass roller beads:  app. 9 mm x 6 mm (0.4” x 0.24”)
  • Swarovski crystals:  faceted 6 mm and 4 mm “light sapphire” bicones
  • Metal:  sterling silver
  • Earwires:  sterling silver French hooks
  • Length:  app. 2.5” / 6.4 cm measured from the top curve of the earwires


*** For a better understanding of the relative size of the IRISES art earrings earrings, please be sure to check out photo # 6 for a size comparison with a dime.

Irises are symbolic of faith, hope and wisdom.  Even though man made, glass and crystals carry the energies of transformation, rebirth and communication.  Silver is a metal of love and healing; it is believed to be a mirror to the soul, helping us to see ourselves as others see us.

The IRISES flower 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!
***  The beautiful handmade jewelry found in my shop is photographed outside in natural light.  Please be aware that not all computer monitors show colors exactly the same. The colors of the components used to create each piece of jewelry are extremely close to the actual color on my own monitor. They may appear lighter or darker on yours.


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