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Sea Turtle Beach Earrings, Enamel Lampwork Swarovski Handmade Jewelry

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Wonderful handmade jewelry for the woman who loves sea turtles, the one of a kind TORTUGAS earrings are perfect for that beach getaway . . . or to wear at home.  The unique earrings are created with artisan enamel turtle charms, artisan aqua blue lampwork beads, Swarovski crystals, copper and sterling silver.  The eye catching sea turtle dangles were individually artisan made from hand cut and filed copper squares.  A shiny white enamel background was created with torch fired glass powder fused onto the copper.  Permanent decals with sea turtle designs were applied while the glass was still molten.  The whimsical sea turtles have a hand painted watercolor look to them.  One looks as if it's coming to the surface of the ocean and one looks as if it’s diving deeper.  As you can see in the photos, the details of the turtles are exquisite and are perfectly highlighted against a pale blue and white “bubble” background.  The back of each dangle is finished with speckled dark blue enameled glass for strength and durability.    
To perfectly complement ocean colors of the sea turtle charms, speckled aqua lampwork glass beads and faceted Swarovski crystal bicones were stacked above, colors that represent the oceans.  The lampwork beads, each individually artisan made, were created from white glass.  When the glass was still molten, a glass frit was added to give a speckled effect, mainly aqua blue but there are also bits of purple and pale green.  A copper flower spacer caps the top and bottom of each lampwork bead.  Above each lampwork bead sits a sparkling Swarovski crystal in a rich tourmaline blue color called “indicolite.”  A 3 mm copper bead sits on the top of each crystal.  Sterling silver French hooks earwires with copper bead accents finish the turtle beauties.  Carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, the TORTUGAS handmade earrings are a perfect gift for the woman who loves turtles, loves the beach and loves wearing artisan handmade jewelry.  “Tortugas” is Spanish for “turtles.”

  • Enamel turtle charms:  app. 30 mm x 25 mm x 1.5 mm (1.2” x 1.0”); artisan handmade by Linda Younkman
  • Aqua blue  lampwork glass frit beads:  app. 12 mm x 8 mm (0.5” x 0.3”); artisan handmade by Lisa Anderson
  • Swarovski crystals: faceted 6 mm “indicolite” bicones
  • Metal:  copper and sterling silver
  • Earwires:  sterling silver French hooks with copper bead accents
  • Length:  just a bit over 2.5” / 6.4 cm measured from the top curve of the earwires

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

Turtles are symbols of good fortune, longevity and patience.   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 TORTUGAS handmade dangle 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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