These lovely handmade earrings, named ENLIGHTENMENT, are perfect for the woman who adores spiritual jewelry or wears a small pair of earrings to yoga class. The ENLIGHTENMENT earrings features Thai Hill Tribes handmade fine silver lotus blossum charms, artisan made blue and purple lampwork glass beads in a flying saucer shape, sparkling "purple opal" Swarovski crystals and sterling silver. They are small beauties that pack a lot of color pizzaz. Carefully designed and created by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, these are a pair of one of a kind, beaded earrings that you will reach for over and over again.
Thai fine silver lotus flower charms: app. 15 mm (with bail) x 12 mm x 2 mm
Purple and blue lampwork glass beads: app 7 mm x 10 mm; artisan created
Swarovski crystals: 4mm "purple opal" faceted bicones
Metal: fine silver (charms) and sterling silver
Earwires: sterling silver French hooks
Length: just a little under 2" / 5.1 cm from the top curve of the earwires
What a joyous pair of earrings these are! The fine silver lotus charms used in the ENLIGHTENMENT earrings were individually created by artists of the Karen Hill Tribes who live high in the mountains of Thailand. Because each lotus charm was handmade in the traditional, low tech way of silversmithing used by the Karen Hill Tribe, each charm is just a bit different from the other. You can see in the photos above the slight differences and the amazing detail of the lotus symbol. The charms were slightly oxidized and then polished to bring out the detail of the lotus symbol. The silver used is called "fine silver" because pieces can be 99% pure silver, as opposed to sterling silver, which is 92.5% pure silver. Fine silver has a rustic, more "old silver" look to it and does not tarnish near as quickly as sterling silver.
The symbol of the lotus is used in many cultures and religions, but most especially in Buddhism. The roots of lotus plants normally grow deep muddy water. But the beautiful flower buds reach up for the light and bloom above the water. This gives the most literal meaning to the lotus: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.
The artisan handmade lampwork glass beads used above the lotus charms are absolutely lovely. They were created with swirls of blue, purple and lavender glass in what I call a "flying saucer" shape, a bicone shape that is thicker in the middle than from top to bottom. When the earrings are worn, different combinations of colors are seen depending on the angle of the light, creating an awesome effect - a perfect complement to the lotus charms since a blue lotus symbolizes using wisdom and logic to achieve enlightenment. Sterling silver daisy spacers and 2 mm beads cap the lampwork glass.
To add a bit of sparkle to the ENLIGHTENMENT lotus blossom earrings, I chose to use faceted Swarovski crystals above the lampwork glass beads. The color is sublime, called "purple opal" and has a glittering, milky opal effect. Bits of that same color can be found in the lampwork beads. A 2 mm sterling silver bead was placed above each Swarovski crystal.
To finish the ENLIGHTENMENT earrings, the lotus charms were wire wrapped onto sterling silver wire. The wire was then drawn up through the lampwork beads and the other elements that created the earrings. A loop was carefully wire wrapped at the top and connected to sterling silver French hook earwires. A perfect finish for a perfectly beautiful pair of earrings!
For a better understanding of the relative size of the ENLIGHTENMENT lotus and lampwork earrings, please be sure to check out photo #7 for a size comparison with a dime.
The lotus symbolizes enlightenment in many cultures and religions. Even though man made, glass and crystal 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 ENLIGHTENMENT 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 show 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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