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Ishtar Star of Venus Earrings, Travertine Czech Beads Handmade Jewelry

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Do you love unique jewelry with ancient symbolism built right in?  The ISHTAR handmade earrings are for you!  The earthy, one of a kind beauties feature earthy travertine style Czech glass beads with an eight-pointed star, rich orange Czech glass beads, copper and sterling silver.  The two-sided coin shaped Czech glass beads were created from orange glass with a stone like travertine finish in browns, dark gray, minty green and misty blue. While the glass was still molten, an eight-pointed star within a circle was impressed into each side.  A gold Picasso finish was added to bring out the details of the star and the circle  Since the Czech star beads are two sided, the earrings look wonderful from any angle.  ***  This particular star is a symbol of the ancient Sumerian goddess Inanna who was later worshipped by the Babylonians, Assyrians and others under the name Ishtar, the Queen of Heaven.  She was the goddess of love, beauty, fertility, war, justice, and political power.  Because Ishtar was associated with the planet Venus, the star is also known as the Star of Venus.
To add a rich copper glow, intricate filigree flower petal bead caps were placed on the top and bottom of the star beads.  Since all stars need sparkle and to perfectly complement the orange travertine look of the beads, a single faceted Swarovski crystal bicone caps the top of the beads.  The color is an eye catching color called “Indian red,”  a medium brick red / orange.  Sterling silver French hook earwires with copper bead accents finish the exquisite earrings.  Carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, the one of a kind ISHTAR earrings are a perfect gift for the woman who loves to wear artisan created jewelry with ancient symbolism.

  • Two-sided Czech glass star beads:  app. 14 mm x 6 mm (0.55” x 0.24”)
  • Swarovski crystals:  faceted 4 mm Indian red bicones
  • Metal:  copper and sterling silver
  • Earwires:  sterling silver French hooks with copper bead accents
  • Length:  just a bit over 1.5” / 3.8 cm measured from the top curve of the earwires

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

Even though man made, glass and crystals are said to 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 ISHTAR handmade star 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 jewelry 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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