These fabulous earrings are set with the loveliest of stones, including rose-cut, faceted rainbow moonstone, faceted blue kyanite and beautiful white water turquoise. Rainbow moonstone is a gorgeous stone that exhibits flashy colors and rainbows. It is really a white form of labradorite but has become a known gemstone in it's own right. These moonstones have a nice flash. Below them I've set two small kyanites. Kyanite is a rare gemstone that is known for it's deep blue color but it comes in green, grey, white, yellow and orange. Kyanite is an anisotropic gemstone, which means it exhibits different qualities depending on it's orientation. On either end of the totem are spectacular white water turquoise. White water turquoise comes from the Campitos mine, in Sonora Mexico. It's a high grade turquoise with vivid blues and greens and an unusual white matrix. Long and elegant, these are lightweight enough for me to wear...and I dislike heavy earrings. Double jump rings ensure stability and that the stones face forward. Textured back because the back should be beautiful too! Approximately 3 1/2 inches from the top of the ear wire to the bottom of the longest earring. Ear wires are sterling. Each one weighs approximately .32 oz.
Small batch. All sterling. Beautiful stones. One-of-a-kind. Hand built in the heart of the West.
+ All pieces are slowly and carefully handmade, in my studio in Sheridan, Wyoming. Because of this, each piece is unique and may contain the slight imperfections that you would expect with a handcrafted item. Perfectly imperfect!
+Each piece is marked with my maker's mark. Earrings are sometimes difficult to mark because of the size and may or may not be marked (please see photos.)
+ As with all handmade jewelry, please be mindful to take care of it. It should not be worn in the shower, while cleaning, during strenuous activities such as sports, or in the water.
+ Sun, heat, lotions and chemicals can affect stones negatively. Clean silver (not stones) with a gentle polishing cloth, especially for jewelry (Sunshine polishing cloth is recommended and included with your purchase).
+About this collection:
Back in the day, those cross country family vacations, stuck in the back of a hot car. Until...on the side of the road appears an old-time trading post. Even in those days, I was fascinated with jewelry; especially native American jewelry. The pieces in this collection are faintly reminiscent of that trading post feel.
About Totem: The arrangement of stones in these earrings reminds me of the totem poles of the Pacific Northwest, where I'm originally from. Totem poles represent lineages of families; marking histories, people and events. Each pair of these earrings features gemstones set, one over the other, in a cascading style.