This truly luxurious pair of earrings centers around kite- (or shield-) shaped striped amazonite. These stones are stunning and unique, and are faceted so they sparkle. They hang beneath a generous cluster of vibrant blue lapis lazuli, each wrapped meticulously on a ball headpin. The ear wires are handmade and wrapped for elegance and interest. These earrings are perfect for adding some glamour to any look – with a unique flair. They are 1.5” long including the ear wire.
About the stones:
AMAZONITE: Amazonite, named for the Amazon River, is a variety of feldspar. Interestingly, it is thought it was named because of green stones that were once found near the Amazon River, although feldspar doesn’t exist in the Amazon at all. The name may also be a nod to the lush green rainforest. While copper is usually the source of green and blue color in stones, it is thought that in amazonite, tiny quantities of lead and water give the color.
LAPIS LAZULI: Lapis Lazuli, sometimes called Lapiz, is not a single mineral, but is rather made up of blue lazurite, white calcite, and metallic bronze pyrite. Crushed Lapis was used as ultramarine paint during the Renaissance – Van Gogh’s famous “Starry Night” was done with this crushed Lapis paint. Commonly, Lapis is dyed to improve the color, or waxed or oiled to camouflage fissures and cracks. These are industry accepted treatments.
What does gold-filled mean?
Gold-filled components start with a base metal core and have a (usually 14kt) real gold coating, bonded to the core with heat and pressure. The component must be at least 5% gold by weight. This is NOT the same as gold plating. Unlike plated gold, gold-filled items are likely to last a lifetime and the gold will not wear off.