If you are tired of scary Halloween and Dia de los Muertos jewelry, then you need these comical, grinning carved turquoise magnesite, Swarovski crystal and sterling silver Jack O Lantern earrings! I named them SONREINTES CALABAZAS which is Spanish for "smiling pumpkins", something this pair of earrings makes me do! They are a perfect addition to your one of a kind (OOAK) handmade Halloween jewelry collection and will be a pair you'll want to wear over and over because they are so darn FUN! These SONREINTES CALABAZAS earrings were carefully handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs.
Several words come to mind when I look at the carved turquoise magnesite Jack O Lantern earrings: whimsical, fun, smile inducing! Each grinning pumpkin was hand carved and is two-sided. Look at the detail, including the natural growth indentations you see on real pumpkins. The eyes, nose and mouth are carved all the way through, giving them a wonderfully mischievous look when worn! In the interest of full disclosure, the magnesite gemstones used here have been dyed. When dug out of the ground, magnesite is usually an off white color with natural brown matrix. Magnesite is an extremely porous stone so it is often dyed, a turquoise color being the most popular. It is NOT real turquoise, even though you often seen magnesite marketed as real turquoise. To frame the Jack O Lanterns, 3mm sterling silver beads were used on the top and the bottom.
To add more than a touch of sparkling elegance to the SONREINTES CALABAZAS earrings, I chose to add "heliotrope" Swarovski crystal earrings. The special heliotrope finish given to these crystals causes them to flash, blue, turquoise, purple and pink - a beautiful complement to the turquoise magnesite! I was able to capture a bit of the color in the crystals in photo #1; take a look to see what I mean. The Swarovski crystals are a faceted bicone shape, guaranteed to maximize flash, and are a 6mm size. A 3mm sterling silver bead caps each crystal.
The main body of the earrings were strung on handmade (by me) sterling silver headpins. I hand hammered a small loop at the bottom. The headpins were then carefully wire wrapped to sterling silver French hook earwires, a perfect finish to the CALABAZAS Halloween earrings!
For a better understanding of the relative size of the turquoise magnesite Jack O Lanterns used in the SONREINTES CALABAZAS earrings, please be sure to look at photo #6 for a size comparison with a dime.
Magnesite is said to help turn dreams into realities; it instills peace during meditation. Even though manmade, Swarovski crystals (a high grade glass) carry the energies of transformation, rebirth and communication. Silver is believed to be a metal of love and healing; it is thought to be a mirror to the soul, helping us to see ourselves as others see us.
Here is the important information for the SONREINTES CALABAZAS earrings:
Turquoise magnesite Jack O Lanterns: app. 25mm x 6mm
Swarovski crystals: "heliotrope" 6mm faceted bicones
Metal: sterling silver
Earwires; French hooks; sterling silver
Length: app. 2.25" / 5.7 cm
I can guarantee you that when you wear these SONREINTES CALABAZAS earrings, they will make you and anyone else who sees them smile. The gemstone pumpkins did that to me when I first saw them! You will love these fabulously fun earrings.
***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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