Carved gems are always very special. These are carved natural chalcedony moons. When so much chalcedony is dyed, it’s always nice to come across some really special natural material. The carvings are beautiful and enhance the moon shape of the stones. The moons are suspended within handmade organic hoops. The hoops are textured and blackened within the recesses for contrast. The ear wires are also handmade. These earrings hang 1 and 7/8” in total length. They are sterling silver.
Chalcedony is a microcrystalline variety of the mineral quartz. It is translucent to opaque and can be almost any color, but naturally it is often white-to-blue, bluish-gray, or brown-to-black. Many well-known stones such as agate, jasper, carnelian, and onyx, are actually types of chalcedony. Chalcedony has been used by people since at least 1800BC.