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I build these cufflinks of sterling and fine silver, which is then polished to a rich matte brushed lustre. I can also make them in a high shine finish.
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 photo of the available geodes shows them sitting in a window, in low, natural light.
PLEASE NOTE: Sets 1 and 2 are sold. Set 3 is a pale icy white-blue colour, with reddish rims.
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. If you see a set that looks as though they are different colours, they are not- it is just the way the light is being reflected off one side of the geode, which is sitting at a different angle from its partner.
If you are after something unique in the texture, I can also create these with a hammered texture- see this listing: http://www.etsy.com/listing/75221580/geode-cuff-links-in-hammered-sterling
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.
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