Trilobite Handmade Earrings, Coral African Sandcast Beads Crystals Artisan Fossil Jewelry
The ANCIENT DAYS handmade trilobite fossil earrings are as much fun as they are whimsical. Delightfully ancient looking and perfect for year round wear., the unique earrings were created with Czech glass trilobite beads, coral African sandcast barrel beads, Swarovski crystals and sterling silver. The stars of the one of a kind dangle earrings are a pair of two-sided trilobite beads, created with a base of jet black glass. Then a Picasso finish in light grey blue, pale lichen green, rust red and brown was applied, settling into the crevices of the beads. The exquisite detail of the trilobites is highlighted with the Picasso finish, adding an amazing aged look. Since the trilobites are two-sided, the earrings look lovely from all sides when worn.
To complement the Czech glass trilobite beads perfectly, coral colored African sandcast beads, Swarovski crystals and sterling silver disc beads were added to the design. The coral colored sandcast beads are Fair Trade, made by a coop of artists in Ghana, Africa. A pair of sterling silver disc beads cap the top and bottom of each sandcast bead. To add plenty of sparkle and to highlight the lichen green pIcasso color of the trilobites, a faceted 4 mm Swarovski crystal bicone was added to the top of the earrings. The color is called “erinite,” a magical green crystal with just a hint of blue All the elements used to create the earrings were strung on sterling silver headpins, wire wrapped and then connected securely to sterling silver French hook earwires. Carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, the ANCIENT DAYS artisan earrings were created for the woman who loves fossils and unique jewelry designs.
*** The process of making sandcast beads is unique to Africa, a technique in use for over 1000 years to reuse glass. Pulverized glass of the desired color(s) is poured into a clay mold, a cassava stem used to create the hole of each bead. The mold is placed in a furnace and heated until the glass particles congeal without actually melting and the stem burns out. No sand is actually used - it refers to the slightly rough texture of the beads. Today, most of these type beads are produced by the Krobo tribe in Ghana.
Czech glass trilobites: app. 16 mm x 12 mm x 4 mm; Picasso finish
Coral sandcast tube beads: app. 8 mm x 5mm
Sterling silver disc beads: app. 4 mm x 3 mm
Metal: sterling silver
Earwires: sterling silver French hooks
Length: app. 1.75" / 4.4 cm measured from the top curve of the earwires
For a better understanding of the relative size of the ANCIENT DAYS trilobite earrings, please be sure to check out photo #5 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. 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 ANCIENT DAYS 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.
SHADOW DOG DESIGNS
Beautifully Unique Handmade Jewelry
for the Discerning Woman
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