Sterling silver amazonite earrings with genuine white pearl
40 mm/1,6 inch drop length, with 15×6 mm turquoise colored leaves cut rom raw amazonite. Decorated with a genuine freshwater pearl (0.3 inch/ 8 mm)
The amazonite leaves have been hand carved from raw amazonite and set in sterling silver bezels.
After polishing and stone setting the dangles have been assembled together with a genuine freshwater pearl.
Very romantic, light easy to wear Sterling silver amazonite earrings
Read more about amazonite here
Amazonite is quite a rare mineral. Though it is named after the Amazon river, it was formerly obtained almost exclusively from the Southern Urals, Russia.
Being a Feldspar it is soft and has layers. It ranges in hue from bright green to turquoise, and can be translucent to opaque. It has a vitreous luster and iridescence throughout the stone. When polished amazonite resembles finely cracked or spider-webbed marble. So the small crevices you see on a picture (10 times the real size) are natural to the stone.
Amazonite has been used in jewelry and stone carvings since the time of the early Mesopotamian cultures. Well-known in India, Egypt, Sudan and Mesopotamia, it was a popular amulet stone and was once used as decorative material for building facades. It was carved and cut into tablets for the Egyptian funerary text, Book of the Dead, and an Amazonite scarab ring was found among Tutankhamen’s treasures. It was believed to be the third stone in the breastplate of the Jewish High Priest.
As a powerful talisman of healing and prosperity, Amazonite enhances self-empowerment. It inspires truth, sincerity, honor, self-love, courage, communication, eloquence, integrity, trust, clairvoyance, clarity, prophecy & openness. It can help unlock psychic vision, in analyzing & sorting out information with intuitive wisdom, to manifest & retain Universal Love, to increase faith & foster self-discovery. It carries a soothing energy that cleanses stagnancy & negativity so you can spread your wings & accomplish all you are meant to.
In this jewelry piece, a genuine freshwater pearl has been used. This is a cultured pearl.
Cultured pearls are just as real as the natural variety. They grow inside the mollusk in exactly the same way. They are not imitation, and they are not fake. A cultured pearl necklace is as genuine as its natural cousin. The majority of cultured pearls available today derive from freshwater mussels and saltwater pearl oysters. Although all pearls develop in the same way, the cultured pearl requires some human assistance to get the process started. To do this, the pearl farmer inserts a small bead or section of mantle tissue under the mollusk’s shell. Nature then takes over. The animal begins to deposit layers of nacre around the irritating substance, slowly building up the cultured pearl. Cultured pearls so closely resemble the natural variety that experts often find it difficult to tell the two types apart. A final determination frequently requires the use of an X-ray to identify the initial irritant deep in the pearl’s interior.
The cultured pearls used in my jewelry originate mainly from freshwater mollusks. They are inexpensive so they have quite a few irregularities: size, shape etc.
Read more about different types of pearls here