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Earrings made of glass fossils, freshwater pearls in a dusky sulfur yellow and milky green Swarovski pearls are set off by Victorian pewter bead caps in an oxidized brass finish. They hang from brass lever back ear wires. These can be changed to French wires or black niobium hooks for sensitive ears. Just message me in the "note to seller" box at checkout if you would like them changed.

These earrings are a tribute to the British 19th century fossil collector, Mary Anning, whose discoveries proved influential to the understanding of the history of life on earth in the early 19th century. They are designed to be paired with this necklace, shown in the last picture, available in a separate listing: http://www.etsy.com/listing/89202320/the-fossil-collector-steampunk-rosary

Mary Anning was the daughter of a cabinet maker, she gleaned the "curios" from the Blue Lias cliffs at Lyme Regis. The locals called them the devil's fingers, snake-stones and verteberries and in this necklace these unearthed treasures are formed of Czech glass, veined agate, freshwater pearls, picture jasper, carnelian, quartz and patina'ed brass.

Earrings measure 2 1/4" long including ear wires.

For those who are curious, I have written about Mary Anning, the mother of paleontology, on my blog: http://feralstrumpet.com/2012/01/02/the-fossil-hunter/

Your earrings will come wrapped up in a little gift bag. (A lovely customer has told me she reuses the gift bags, filling them with lavender and herbs and using them as drawer sachets to keep the moths away!)

All handmades are created one at a time in my little Victorian home in a cobblestone street in the shadow of the medieval walls of the city of York.

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Ancient Spiral Fossil Earrings. Steampunk Glass Fossils and Freshwater Pearls

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: brass, Swarovski crystals, picture jasper, agate, quartz, amber, carnelian, Czech glass, freshwater pearls, pewter
  • Feedback: 883 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from York, United Kingdom
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