Mistletoe Earrings. Fresh Water Pearls and Czech Pressed Glass Leaves in a gorgeous Peridot green colour. Perfect for Winter Weddings, Yule Handfasting or sophisticated Xmas Parties. Delicate enough for everyday wear. All hand wired together with antiqued bronzed wire giving them a lovely vintage look. I’ve added Swarovski crystals in Olive green to the top of the earrings for that extra bit of sparkle.
✩Size (all measurements are approximate)✩
6cm (2.4 inches) from top of finding to bottom
Cultured Pearls are real pearls, they have been made by the mollusc. Once the nucleus (usually a mother-of-pearl bead) is inserted into the oyster or mussels, the pearl growing process is the same as that of a natural pearl. Their outer coatings (Nacre) are the same material as a natural pearl, and they take years to form in a mollusc’s mantle. Nacre is formed from iridescent layers of crystallised calcium carbonate. It’s pretty much impossible to tell the difference between a natural and cultured pearl by just looking at its outer appearance. The only way to make absolute certain whether a pearl is natural or cultured is to perform an x-ray of the internal structure of the pearl.
✩Pearl Mythology, Legends, Lore and History✩
Pearls are natural wonders that have been treasured for centuries by cultures ancient and modern around the world. Greek mythology proclaimed pearls to be tears of joy shed by the goddess Aphrodite. Ancient Egyptians associated pearls with Isis, the goddess of healing and life. Pearls are the Birthstone for June and the Zodiac stone for Gemini.
✩Mistletoe Mythology, Legends, Lore and History✩
From the earliest times mistletoe has been one of the most magical, mysterious, and sacred plants of European folklore. It was considered to bestow life and fertility; a protection against poison; and an aphrodisiac. The mistletoe of the sacred oak was especially sacred to the ancient Celtic Druids. On the sixth night of the moon white-robed Druid priests would cut the oak mistletoe with a golden sickle. Later, the ritual of cutting the mistletoe from the oak came to symbolise the emasculation of the old King by his successor. Mistletoe was long regarded as both a sexual symbol and the “soul” of the oak. It was gathered at both mid-summer and winter solstices, and the custom of using mistletoe to decorate houses at Christmas is a survival of the Druid and other pre-Christian traditions. The Greeks also thought that it had mystical powers and down through the centuries it became associated with many folklore customs. In the Middle Ages and later, branches of mistletoe were hung from ceilings to ward off evil spirits. It was also believed that the oak mistletoe could extinguish fire. This was associated with an earlier belief that the mistletoe itself could come to the tree during a flash of lightning.
These earrings come with very secure lever back findings in Antiqued Bronze/Brass colour (as pictured) which are suitable for regular pierced ears. But can be replaced (free of charge) with:
*large kidney wires, suitable for wearing though gauged tunnels, or if you prefer a longer earring (this will add approximately 2cm to the overall length).
For a small extra charge, I can replace the current ear-wires with:
*ear-wire made from Niobium in a “fish/shepherds” hook style.
Niobium is physiologically inert and thus hypo-allergenic. For this reason, Niobium is found in many internal medical devices. Niobium’s natural colour is a silvery grey. It can can also be electrically heated and anodised, resulting in a wide array of colours using a process known as reactive metal anodising, which is useful in making jewellery. Niobium is strong and highly bio-compatible. Anodising creates a thin oxide layer which is just as bio-compatible as polished Niobium. There are no other materials added and there is no plating or painting. Niobium is an excellent choice for anyone with sensitive skin, especially for those allergic to nickel, or the metals added to 925 Silver or 9ct Gold.
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✩The hand photo✩
Meet Mephisto the measuring hand, he will help show you the rough scale of the jewellery. The hand is exactly the same size as my own hand (I’m an average UK ladies size 7 glove).
If you like these earrings see my other listings for a beautiful matching necklace or request a custom design. Please message me if you are interested in matching items.