These vintage earrings were made by global jewelry artist Tabra Tunoa, circa 1970s/80s. In her humble beginnings, she sold her jewelry on the streets of Berkeley California. Many of her pieces were one-of-a-kind or limited editions. Her designs were so appealing, her business grew into a mega million corporation, winning her awards and international fame.
We suspect these earrings were inspired by her time living in Texas in the early 1970s. The gold-tone star is set with a genuine amethyst. Five dangles hold more amethyst beads and stars. Each earring has one cobalt blue stone dangling in the center. The posts are 14K yellow gold. Each is marked 14K but it's very hard to capture the mark with the camera.
The earrings measure 1 inch across by 2 1/4 inches long. Each earring back is etch-signed TABRA. These are in excellent vintage condition.
More about Tabra and her Bohemian ethnic tribal jewelry...She studied Mayan and Aztec art at the University of Mexico City and in San Jose, Costa Rica. She also studied jewelry design at the Masana Art Institute in Barcelona, Spain in the 1960s and 70s. She continues her work today designing jewelry and working with young Balinese women in her home near Ubud. She is inspired by her worldwide travel to exotic locales like Bali, Tibet, India and South America. Today, Tabra is best known for her natural stone jewelry and unique silver jewelry. She still appeals to a wide audience that appreciates her passion for organic materials and handcraftsmanship.
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