The striking natural coloring on this pair of Mookaite Jasper cabochons inspired this design. I envisioned a little bird in a tree at sunset. The form the design, I first traced the stone shape on a sheet of pure silver and freehand sketched my vision. I chose pure silver so the pierced overlay will stay bright silver and will not tarnish.
Next, I carefully cut out the design using my jewelry hand saw. I refined the piercing and added texture to the tree then made a bezel cup to fit the stones. I've added an embossed botanical pattern to the reverse of the bezel cups. The bezel hanging loop is accented with tiny hand-forged leaves, as are the 20 gauge sterling silver ear wires.
Measures 1 13/16" from top of ear wire to bottom of dangles and 5/8" wide.
Mookaite Jasper Bird Earrings Handcrafted in Sterling Silver listed in:
, All Earrings, Earrings - Dangles