These fine gems are a clear, icy aqua blue-green that will turn heads. This material which I've nicknamed "polar feldspar" is a very rare find of transparent blue-green feldspar.
Feldspars are the mineral family responsible for Oregon sunstone and bytownite, and make for stunning faceted gemstones when found in transparent enough forms. As far as I know, I am the only online source for these rare gems.
Ethical fine jewelry for the discerning client; your buying choices can make you look and feel beautiful while having a positive impact on the world we live in.
To read more about my fair trade partnership in Keya that produced these gems, take a look at any of the item descriptions in this section of my shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/jetflair?section_id=10243710
Please allow around a week (occasionally two) for shipping. Many of my earrings are made to order, and I end up with quite the workload sometimes!
This is my medium 5mm size; please take a look at the modeled photo for an idea of how big they are in "real life". More modeled photos at http://www.distinctionjewelry.com/info/lookbook
After I got my ears pierced, I went on a buying spree and purchased a ton of cute sparkly little post earrings. About six years later, only two pairs remain. What happened to all the others? They fell apart, peeled, turned green, and suffered other unattractive fates. Glues, plated metals, fake crystal “stones,” cheap enamels….they all degrade sooner rather than later.
Now that I make my own jewelry, I have decided to make stud earrings that are beautiful, high quality, and will stand the test of time. They will cost a little more, but they’ll outlast 10 pairs of cheapies.
There is absolutely no glue or epoxy used in these; soldered construction and stones set using traditional metalsmithing techniques equal lasting durability. These are sturdy prong settings, not flimsy “snap-in” settings which hold the stones in prongs so thin you can literally bend them with your fingernail.
Little Gems are made with solid recycled sterling silver. They are also available in solid 14k yellow gold, palladium, and 14k white gold by special order; see easy upgrades here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/jetflair?section_id=6885904
About Distinction Jewelry Fair Trade
I am a US broker for quality fair trade gemstones and rough from Kenya, and also offer a variety of fine mineral specimens and rough from other locations around the world including the United States. My fair trade items contain gems that either:
1. I am brokering for small dealers in Kenya or other countries. These gems have been entrusted to me to bring to market for fair prices in the US. When you buy one of these gems, or jewelry containing them, I immediately send 50% of the purchase price of the gem to the dealer. Not some tiny amount of the sale that constitutes a "fair wage" as paid by some so-called fair trade organizations - but an actual 50/50 share.
These stones come straight from small local operations and your purchase will mean a great deal to them. You will be a direct supporter of small, hard-working individual business owners in a country where the average per capita income is under US $800 per year.
2. Were purchased as rough at fair prices from the miner, or from a dealer very close to the source, and cut under my control by individuals or small business employees paid fair wages. For example, I might buy a piece of Oregon blue opal rough from the man who collected it and pried it out of the host rock right here in my state, and send it to a faceting artist here in the US for cutting. As another example, I might purchase a rough aquamarine from the local mining community on the ground in Namibia, bring it home to the US with me, and have it cut.
The actual jewelry making is all done by me, using recycled precious metals. I am unusually involved in the origins of my gemstones and will not sell anything I suspect was produced under unfair trade conditions. The difference in my fair trade section is that I have had enough personal control over the entire process to be *certain* that fair trade principles were respected.
The buying power of my small but successful business goes to support other small businesses in the US and abroad; the trickle-down effect of the money you spend at Distinction Jewelry has a positive impact on many people.
Your purchase will ship within 1-2 weeks; please contact me ahead of time if you need it faster and I'll let you know whether I can meet your deadline or not :) Loose gems are kept in secure storage and I will need to fetch them from the bank before I can get them to you. Jewelry items are usually made to order for you and require a certain amount of lead time before shipping.
Gem Details and Specifications
I choose my stones with care. You will find no rhinestones, cubic zirconium, or lab grown stones in my work (unless you request them!), so you don’t need to scan the fine print for the “catch.” They are all real, selected knowledgably from trusted vendors and represented honestly in my product descriptions. I test stones in my own lab as well as sending samples out for independent verification.
Part of the thrill of a beautiful piece of jewelry is looking at the gem and marveling at the beauty produced by nature. Why waste your money on imitation gemstones when you can enjoy the beauty of the real thing?
FAIR TRADE Polar Feldspar Earrings in Gold, Silver, Platinum, or Palladium with Genuine Gems, 5mm - Free Gift Wrapping
- Handmade item
- Materials: Sterling Silver, Recycled Silver, 925 Silver, Solid Silver, Feldspar, Polar Feldspar, Blue Feldspar, Aqua Feldspar, Gold, Platinum, Palladium
- Made to order
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- Ships worldwide from Oregon, United States