Those 18 century inspired, unique earrings composed of Freshwater Pearls, Swarovski Crystals and mint coloured Quartz. Finished off with oxidised Sterling Silver components, the earrings are 10cm long, the large Quartz measuring 3cm.
FRESHWATER PEARL- is an organic gem grown within oysters. Pearls are formed naturally by an oyster when a foreign object enters the shell and causes irritation to its soft tissue. The oyster forms a secretion around the object as a form of protection. The foreign object can be a number of different things including a grain of sand or a parasite. In time the coating builds up in iridescent layers. Cultured pearls are produced by artificially introducing a foreign object into the fleshy part of oysters, which become coated with nacre in a similar manner to natural pearl. Pearls are considered to offer a power of love, money, protection and luck. Pearls thought to give wisdom though experience and to cement engagement and love relationship.
CRYSTAL- is a fine, high-quality glass invented in 17th century in England. In order to be considered crystal rather than simple glass, the product must contain at least 10% lead oxide. The lead oxide is attributed to providing the glass with extraordinary qualities of brilliance.
QUARTZ- is one of the most well-known minerals on earth. It occurs in basically all mineral environments, and is the important constituent of many rocks, as well as being the main constituent of glass and sand on the beach. Quartz is also the most varied of all minerals, occurring in all different forms, habits, and colours. It can be found in a range of colours from clear through white, yellow, pink, violet, brown to almost black. The colours come from impurities incorporated into the crystal matrix. Due to its many colours it has been used as semi precious gemstones and in ornaments. Some forms of Quartz, especially the gemstone forms, have their colour enhanced. Almost all forms of the yellow-brown variety Citrine are in fact heat treated. Much Amethyst is also heat treated to intensify colour, and a green transparent form known as "Green Amethyst" or "Prasiolite" is formed by heat treating certain types of Amethyst. The name "quartz" has been derived from the German "Quarz," a Slavic origin. It is the most common material identified as mystical substance maban in the Australian Aboriginal mythology. Pliny the Elder, a Roman naturalist believed quartz to be a permanently frozen ice. According to him, quartz is found near glaciers in the Alps and that the crystals of quartz were fashioned into spheres to cool the hands.