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These earrings feature a pair of 'Madeira' Citrine* gems set in 4-prong cast sterling silver settings.

Madeira citrine is the rarest member of the quartz family of gems. It's appealing hue - somewhere between dark amber, orange and honeyed caramel - takes its name from Portuguese Madeira wine. It's a unique colour that's said to bring a touch of warmth to fashions, in particular earthy designs featuring chocolate, olive, gold and pumpkin hues.

These are authentic Madeira citrine, not the common lab (synthetic) crystal, Swarovski glass, or cubic zirconia citrine substitutes typically sold in budget jewellery chain retail shops and passed off as genuine Madeira. They were earth-mined in Brazil and are completely natural aside from being heated in a kiln at the mine to enrich their colour and purify their clarity. As a result the gems display near flawless clarity, excellent luster, and a superb saturation of colour in the rich 'sherry orange' hue that this rare type of Citrine is prized for.

In total the gems weigh 0.90 carats and measure 5mm diameter. With their solid silver setting each earring weighs 0.4 grams.

As with all Salon Petite stud earrings, the prong tips have been micro sanded to limit the chances of the metalwork catching in hair, and both sterling silver butterfly clutches and clear silicone stoppers are supplied for your comfort and convenience in fitting.


* genuine Madeira Citrine reporting a Refractive Index of 1.546, tested by me in my studio. These are authentic gems - not the hydrothermal (synthetic) crystal, Swarovski glass, or cubic zirconia of a faux citrine colour that you see in budget jewellery chain retailer shops.

Madeira Citrine, 5mm Round Cut, Sterling Silver Earrings