The CALL OF THE CARIBBEAN handmade earrings are lovely, eye catching dangles - and are aptly named because of their turquoise / capri blue color so reminiscent of the tropical waters of the Caribbean. Created with artisan hand painted scalloped brass hoops, two-tone capri blue and emerald green faceted Czech glass beads, Swarovski crystals, copper bead caps, copper and sterling silver, they are fun and flirty, jewelry with a boho, vintage look. Light in weight but big in exquisite design, the one of a kind (OOAK) earrings will be ones you will want to wear over and over again - perhaps on a tropical beach . . . or just dreaming of one. The CALL OF THE CARIBBEAN earrings were carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs.
+ Scalloped brass hoops: app. 25 mm x 1 mm
+ Faceted Czech glass beads: app. 10 mm x 6 mm; Picasso finish; two toned
+ Swarovski crystals: faceted 6 mm "capri" bicones
+ Bead caps: filigree raw copper
+ Metal: copper and sterling silver
+ Earwires" sterling silver French hooks with copper bead accents
+ Length: app. 2.5" / 6.4 cm from the top curve of the earwire
The lovely round brass hoops with scalloped edges were hand altered by Sharyl of SharylsJewelry right here on ArtFire (www.sharylsjewelry.artfire.com). Starting out with unadorned hammer finished brass hoops with scalloped edges and a cut-out center, Sharyl hand painted color patina onto the brass, front and back, with aqua turquoise, silver, and gold. Then they were carefully buffed for an antiqued look and sealed for a lifetime of wear. I wire wrapped the hoops to the upper part of the CALL OF THE CARIBBEAN earrings with solid copper wire. Even though these earrings look like they might be heavy to wear, as I mentioned in the first paragraph, they are very light on the ears.
To highlight the gorgeous colors of the scalloped hoops, I choose sparkling glass and crystal enhancements: Czech glass rondelles and Swarovski crystal bicones in glorious Caribbean colors. The Czech glass beads used in the CALL OF THE CARIBBEAN handmade earrings are a stunning, two-tone dual color combination of capri blue and emerald green. You can see the dual colors of these rondelles in the photos above, but especially in close up picture #7. The rich colored glass is transparent and faceted, so it sparkles particularly well when backlit. To complement the Czech glass beads, raw copper bead caps were placed on the top and bottom. The dotted filigree design mimics the hammered look of the brass hoops.
To add even greater sparkle to the CALL OF THE CARIBBEAN earrings, I chose to add a 6 mm faceted Swarovski crystal bicone above each Czech glass rondelle. The color is called "capri", a clear aqua blue color and a perfect color match for the other components of the earrings. A single 2 mm copper bead was placed on top of each crystal.
To finish the unique earrings, the upper part of the earrings were strung on the copper wire from the hoops. The end was wire wrapped into a loop and attached to sterling silver French hook earwires. I added two 2 mm copper bead to the earwires as added adornment. A lovely finish for a lovely tropical feel pair of earrings.
For a better understanding of the size of the CALL OF THE CARIBBEAN hoop earrings, please see photo #8 for a size comparison with a dime.
Brass is said to help develop strength of spirit. Although man made, crystal and glass are said to carry the energies of transformation, rebirth and communication. Copper is believed 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 CALL OF THE CARIBBEAN earrings will be carefully packed in an organza jewelry bag, 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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