A frosted sea glass look combines with sparkling crystals to create a unique pair of handmade earrings that are perfect to wear all summer long . . . and all year long, for that matter. Artisan made, matte lampwork beads in a lemony lime green color, lavender and chrysolite blend Swarovski crystals and sterling silver were used to carefully craft the dangle earrings. I call them PROVENCE (borrowing the name from the crystals) because, like a breath of country fresh air, they will add a harmony of glowing color to your wardrobe. Stylish, feminine and sure to catch the eye, the earrings were carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs for the woman who abhors wearing mass produced jewelry. Because the PROVENCE earrings are one of a kind (OOAK), this is the only pair that will be created. Add them to your cart now, and you will soon be wearing these beauties.
+ Light green lampwork beads: app. 11 mm x 8 mm; wrapped with fine silver
+ Swarovski crystals: 6 mm faceted bicones in "Provence lavender chrysolite blend"
+ Metal: sterling silver
+ Earwires: sterling silver French hooks
+ Length: app. 1.5" / 3.8 cm from the top curve of the earwires
The glowing lampwork glass beads used in the PROVENCE earrings were artisan made by Charlotte of Covergirlbeads right here on ArtFire. They are a mellow light lime green color with more than a hint of yellow. In fact, the transparent glass Charlotte used to make these beads is called "green yellow green". After the bead shape was formed, Charlotte wrapped each around the middle in fine silver. I love the way the raised fine silver dots and lines add textural interest to the beads. The lampwork beads were then etched to give a lovely frosted matte finish that resembles sea glass. As you can see in photos #1, #3 and #6, the transparent beads have an intense glow to them when backlit. Sterling silver daisy spacers, which mimic the look of the fine silver dots, were used to frame the top and bottom of the beads, and a 3 mm sterling silver bead was added to the bottom. ***Please note: the actual color of the lampwork beads is very close to the photos of the beads hanging (#1, #3 and #6). When photographed against a solid background, in this case white, the color of the lampwork beads turned out darker.
I wanted to add a huge amount of sparkle to these special earrings, so I added a 6 mm Swarovski crystal bicone to the top of each lampwork bead. The color I chose to use is a fairly new color called "Provence lavender chrysolite blend". These crystals feature two transitioning colors: a pale, lavender purple and a light, leafy green, reminding me of lavender fields in France. Be sure to check out the photos above to see the exquisite beauty of the crystals - I only wish you could see their sparkle! Made in Austria since 1895, Swarovski crystals are considered the finest man made crystal in the world due to their precise faceting, giving the brilliant sparkle they are famous for. A single 3 mm sterling silver bead was placed above each crystal.
To finish the PROVENCE earrings, I handmade two sterling silver headpins. As you can see in the photos, the headpins have a hand hammered loop at the bottom. All the elements of the earrings were placed on the headpins and then the top end was carefully wire wrapped into a loop. The loops were then connected to sterling silver French hook earwires for a perfect finish.
For a better understanding of the relative size of the PROVENCE lampwork and Swarovski crystal earrings, please be sure to check photo #9 for a size comparison with a dime.
Glass (manmade crystal) carries 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 PROVENCE 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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