Sugar Skulls Earrings, Day of the Dead Halloween Enamel Pearls Jewelry

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Since the CALAVERAS DE COLORES sugar skull earrings are so colorful, you just have to smile every time you look at them!  Perfect jewelry for Day of the Dead or Halloween, the one of a kind earrings feature individually artisan handmade enamel sugar skull charms, teal freshwater pearls and pink Swarovski crystals.  The unique cut out Dia de los Muertos skull dangles started out as copper blanks. Shiny white enamel glass powder was fused onto the front using a butane torch.  To create the colorful sugar skull design, a stencil and more enamel glass powder was used.  As you can see the colors are gorgeous: teal green around the eyes, pink flowers on the forehead, under the eyes and on the chin and a yellow starburst just above each eye.  The upper lip of the skulls has seven vertical lines.  Because the sugar skulls were individually hand enameled, they are very similar but not exactly the same, as the photos will show.  The back of the charms are finished in black enamel. Despite the larger size of these earrings, the unique skull earrings are lightweight to wear. 
Because the sugar skull charms are the main focal of the earrings, simple embellishments were used.  Just above each skull is a rich, glowing teal green freshwater potato pearl (“potato” meaning they aren’t perfectly round) capped by copper disc spacers.  Depending on the angle of the light, the color of the pearls will shift to a more blue teal.  To add sparkle, a faceted Swarovski crystal bicone in a color called “light rose” pink tops the earrings.   The earrings are finished with sterling silver French hooks with copper bead enhancement.   Carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, the CALAVERAS DE COLORES lightweight dangle earrings are perfect jewelry accessories to add to your Halloween and Day of the Dead costume and festivities.  AND they are GREAT for year round wear! “Calaveras de Colores” is Spanish for “colorful skulls.” 

  • Enamel sugar skulls:  app 35 mm x 25 mm at widest x 1.5 mm (1.4” x 1”); handmade by Pearly Karpel
  • Teal freshwater pearls:  app 10 mm 
  • Swarovski crystals:  faceted 4 mm “light rose” pink bicones
  • Metal:  copper and sterling silver
  • Earwires:  sterling silver French hooks with copper bead adornments
  • Length:  app. 3.0” / 7.6 cm measured from the top curve of the sterling earwires


*** For a better understanding of the relative size of the CALAVERAS DE COLORES enamel sugar skull earrings, please be sure to check out photo # 6 for a size comparison with a dime.
Historians estimate the traditions and rituals associated with Día de los Muertos date back 2,500 to 3,000 years to the indigenous cultures of Mexico. In most regions of Mexico, November 1st honors the passing of infants and children, known as Día de los Inocentes (Day of the Innocents). November 2nd is when the passing of adults is celebrated and is known as Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). On these days, family members and friends travel to cemeteries to clean the graves of the deceased.  Homage is payed to the souls with colorful ofrendas (altars) that are filled with offerings of favorite foods and beverages, pan de muerto (Day of the Dead breads), candies (often in the shape of skulls), candles, incense, cempazuchitl (wild marigolds), photos of the deceased and other items from the past. Family and friends may also tell stories, which are usually funny and lighthearted. Death is often mocked since it is accepted as part of everyday life. A departed loved one is mourned but the death is also celebrated with happiness and joy.

Skulls are believed to ward off evil and assure protection and well being.  Pearls are used to spread loving vibrations; they are said to promote sincerity, truth and loyalty.  Copper allows 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 CALAVERAS DE COLORES artisan sugar skull 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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