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PRODUCTION TIME: As this is a custom order, please check my shop announcement (under the 'Specimental' banner) for my current lead time: http://www.etsy.com/shop/elseetee2
I build these cuff links of sterling and fine silver, which I hand-hammer and then buff to a rich glow. Every surface of the cuff link is hammered, from the fine silver bezels, to the sterling silver bar and disc.
Each link is crowned in a gorgeous geode specimen. These little specimens are about 1/2- 5/8" across. They are a matched set, as they were once a single geode, which was bisected. A geode is a naturally occurring rock formation, which develops a pocket of crystals inside. Like all crystal formations, these geodes will take on different colour intensity depending upon the light. The first photo shows a pair of red and black geodes shot under low, natural light.
The geode halves are bezel set into the cuff links. I ensure a good, durable join by using jeweler's epoxy in the bezel. To create added protection for the edges of these little specimens, I burnish the top edge of the fine silver bezel over the rims of the geode. Of course, like all specimen jewelery, these need to be worn with a bit of added care- they will not enjoy being smashed against a hard surface.
The geodes are held snug to your cuff using a curved, 1/2" bar and disc. The disc is domed, and is about 3/8" across.
The geodes halves are of slightly different shapes, as they are a naturally grown, organic object. However, each pair is a very good match to one another.
Shipping- please read: These ship with Air Mail Small Package, unless otherwise requested by you. This method has no tracking number, and a 4-10 business day (estimated, not guaranteed) travel time from Canada to the USA. If you would like a tracking number, or a faster shipping method (anywhere from three business days to overnight), please get in touch for an estimate prior to purchasing.
CHOOSING YOUR GEODES...
I have photographed my entire geode collection. To see the selection I have on hand, go to these listings and look at the final photos:
red and black geodes: http://www.etsy.com/listing/61905754/geode-cuff-links-in-sterling-silver
gray or white geodes: http://www.etsy.com/listing/61840499/geode-cuff-links-in-sterling-silver
fancy coloured geodes: http://www.etsy.com/listing/90389861/geode-cuff-links-in-sterling-silver
For ease of ordering, please be sure to let me know which geode set you would like- red/black, white/gray, or fancy coloured, and the number of the set within its listing. If you need help choosing a set of geodes, please get in touch through my shop.