Southwest Spirals Earrings, Rustic Polymer Clay Turquoise Jewelry Gift

Item Description

Filled with the weathered, organic look of petroglyphs found in a deep canyon in the Desert Southwest, the DESERT CANYONLANDS are a perfect jewelry gift for the woman who loves rustic looking, artisan jewelry.  The one of a kind earrings feature artisan polymer clay dangles, artisan lampwork glass beads and genuine turquoise. The dangles were individually handmade from a single piece of white polymer clay, the swirling spiral design drawn freehand.  The polymer clay was then cut in half, washed with dark brown and rusty copper acrylic pigments, and after the final curing, a crystal protectant was applied. The back of each dangle is finished with copper, one signed by the artist. As you can see in several of the photos, the pieces can be pushed together to see the entire petroglyph design.  Because the dangles are made from polymer clay, the earrings are very lightweight to wear.
To perfectly complement the Southwest feel of the petroglyph design, speckled brown lampwork glass beads and genuine turquoise was used.  The lampwork beads, also artisan handmade, were created from clear glass that was peppered with brown glass frit to make dots and splotches, perfect with the small dots on the polymer clay dangles.  Stacked on the lampwork beads are genuine turquoise gemstone rounds, separated by copper daisy spacers. The turquoise has more of a greenish cast with a bit of pale brown. Carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, the unique DESERT CANYONLANDS definitely evoke the spirit of the Desert Southwest for the woman who enjoys wearing artisan jewelry.   

  • Polymer clay petroglyph spiral dangles:  app. 35 mm x 17 mm x 1.5 mm; artisan handmade by Pati Bannister
  • Speckled brown lampwork beads:  app. 10 mm x 6 mm
  • Turquoise gemstone rounds:  app. 5 mm
  • Metal:  copper and sterling silver
  • Earwires:  sterling silver French hooks with copper ebad accents
  • Length:  app. 2.75” / 7.0 cm measured from the top curve of the earwires


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

Spirals can be found worldwide and are known as the symbol for eternity or for the path of our existence on earth.  Even though man made, glass carries the energies of transformation, rebirth and communication. Turquoise, a gemstone sacred to the Navajo, Zuni and other Native Americans, is a stone of wholeness, promoting a sense of unity with all that surrounds us; it is believed to bring peace of mind, a soothing energy and healing of the spirit.  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 DESERT CANYONLANDS artisan 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.


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