Frogs and lily pads inspired this pair of playful earrings. I have used lime green Venetian glass cubes from which to dangle a leaping frog charm, so cute! Above the Venetian cube are a pair of faceted rondelles of neon blue Apatite and below is a cultured freshwater pearl of the same vibrant blue color. The frog charms are silver-plated lead-free Pewter by Tierra Cast made in the USA. All of this dangle from sterling silver ear wires with a Peridot gemstone bead!
Venetian Glass Beads have been hand made for hundreds of years in the island of Murano by melting glass rods or canes over a hot flame and gently working the glass over the mandrel. As they are hand made no two beads are identical and carry slight imperfections that add to their charm.
Apatite is a natural gemstone, ranging in color from light purple to green to neon blue to almost colorless. The name comes from the Greek word 'apate' meaning to deceive, as the gemstone is often mistaken for Tourmaline, Peridot or Beryl. It is found in Burma (Myanmar), India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Brazil and Mexico, and in the USA. It is a soft gemstone and Apatite jewelry should be treated with care. Natural healers believe that Apatite enhances the wearer's concentration and brings clarity of thought to improve communication skills.
Peridot is the birthstone for the month of August and for the 16th wedding anniversary. It is a beautiful olive green gemstone formed during volcanic eruptions and found in volcanic rock. Peridot was thought to make ones dreams come true.
Length: 2.5 inches from your piercing.
Bead size: 10 mm cube; 16 x 20 mm frog charm.
Earrings: French ear hooks and all other metal components are of sterling silver (except for the frog charm). All ear wires from Sundancegems come with a clear medical grade PVC ear clutch or stopper. These fit snug on the ear wire, and prevent you from loosing your earrings. They will not tarnish silver.
Care: Clean with soft fabric, or non-abrasive polishing cloth. Avoid direct contact with perfumes, hairspray, and deodorants. Jewelry should be worn after application of cosmetics. Store wrapped in soft fabric or sealed in plastic bag.
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