When Medieval knights returned from the Crusades in the 12th century, they brought back all manner of luxuries from the East, including filigree jewelry for their ladies. These finely detailed filigree and red bamboo coral earrings might have been purchased in some Eastern bazaar for a European knight's lady.
I've crafted these to celebrate my lifelong love and passion for all things Medieval. Perhaps you also have a Medieval heart, my Lady................
These are a modern adaptation of Medieval filigree earrings. The focal points are the lacy silverplated filigree hearts, that are very lightweight. The teardrop briolettes and 4mm. rounds are natural bamboo coral, that has been permanently dyed a bright red shade. Red coral was believed by the Medievals to help regulate women's cycles and promote good health because of its vibrant blood-red color. I use bamboo coral because it is relatively plentiful, looks beautiful when permanently dyed, and does not deplete the world's endangered supply of reef corals. They are all hand wired on sterling silver-filled pins and wire.
The earrings hang from sterling silver leverback wires. They measure 2.75" with the French wires, and 2.25" without. These are very lightweight earrings. The red is much more vivid in person, for some reason the camera did not quite pick it up.
I'm offering these red-and-heart earrings to remind all my Ladies that February is Women's Heart Health Awareness month. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S. Please visit the American Heart Association's website to arm yourself with the facts.
Express your own Medieval heart in these lightweight earrings, my Lady.
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