Tanzanite and Emerald 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:  Tanzanite is a violet to blue form of the mineral zoisite.  These tanzanites are clear and tend towards the violet.  They 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. One earring also has an emerald rose cut stone.

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 tanzanites are different shapes but match in color. They are prong set as well as the emerald.   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. 

The earrings hang approximately 1 1/2 inch and 1 inch.  They are about 3/4 inch and 1/2 inch wide. The silver has a darkened patina.