Peach Moonstone and Dichroic Glass Earrings

Desert Bloom Designs Boutique

My Story:  My studio sits in the Foothills of Tucson, Arizona, where I find my inspiration every day.  I love the colors and the textures from nature that surround me and try to recreate the desert in my glass and jewelry.  I love gemstones and rocks of all colors and shapes.  And for this colection I have chosen some very  special stones.  I have a bad habit of buying beautiful stones and then hoarding them for that very special piece.  Well, the day has arrived and I have created some pieces that allow these gemstones to shine.

The Stone:  Peach Moonstone is a variety of feldspar and is a beautiful peach color.  These moonstones are rose-cut which is a method of faceting gemstones so that the base of the stone is wide, flat, and unfaceted, whereas the top of the stone is domed and covered with triangular facets. The moonstone is paire with 2 of my dichroic glass cabs in a firey opal gold.  They measure about 5mm but are flashy.

The Setting:  Sterling silver is hand built by me wire by wire.  Each piece is unique and crafted with attention to detail.  As with all handmade items there will be variations.

This pair:  These earrings are asymmetric.  The moonstones are different shapes  and the colors are slightly different but they coordinate nicely.   Asymmetry means that the earrings are not identical, but the elements achieve the perception of equillibrium.  Asymmetry heightens the emotional impact and dramatic tension of the earrings. They are prong set as well as the glass cabs.

The earrings hang approximately 1 5/8 inch.  They are about 7/8inch wide. The silver has a darkened patina.