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Hi there.... This is a pair of earrings, hand made by myself.... They are made of old dimes (U.S. 10 cent coins) and sterling silver...

The design for these was inspired from a camping trip I did in Costa Rica where I saw a whole bunch of great Inca jewelery in The National Museum in San Jose before hitting the road with a tent... The rulers wore a central septum nose ring that had the central element coin/disc perforated and hanging over their mouth; so everything that they spoke came through this holy/holey coin-like thing and thus was holy.... I extracted this into my own design and included who I thought was one of our own gods; but I was wrong......

i always thought Mercury (a man) looked sorta of girly but upon researching him/her when making this piece i learned a startling fact--- the image is not the 'God Mercury' at all but is the head of 'Lady Liberty' --- go figure --- live and learn .... i've been mistaken all these years....when i was a kid you would get one of these from the tooth fairy and my mom always told me it was Mercury, the Roman messenger God........

Here is the info i got from wikipedia:

"In 1916, the head of a winged-capped Liberty was put on the dime and is commonly known by the misnomer of "Mercury dime" The Barber dime design was replaced in 1916 by the Winged Liberty Head design, more commonly referred to as the Mercury dime. The figure on the coin's obverse is often thought to be the Roman god Mercury, but is in fact a depiction of Lady Liberty, a woman (all other dimes except the Roosevelt dime feature an image of Lady Liberty as well). The Mercury dime is considered to be one of the most visually appealing of all U.S. coins, and is highly sought after by collectors..."

well it looks like i've been 'misnomed' all my life.... but anyhow folks like these earrings... the coins are freely moving from the central structure and have a good kinetic dangle, wiggle, sway, movement.....

these earrings are 1.6inches/40mm in length and the pair weighs 8.1 grams...

if you would prefer posts as opposed to the ear hooks pictured here, I would be happy to do that...

anyway, all of my work comes packaged in either a gift box or a small cloth drawstring pouch; just tell me your preferance in the "note to buyer" during the checkout process......

i care about where I live so all my precious metals are made from 100% recycled material...

thanks for your interest in my work...
i appreciate it...
mark kaplan

to get into my shop just click here: http://markaplan.etsy.com

God is a Woman Earrings mercury dimes and recycled sterling silver hand made

$77.77

Only 1 available


Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: mercury dime, certified recycled 925 sterling silver
  • Made to order
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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