|Nature Inspired Small Leaf
Boxwood Dangle Earrings
Dimensions: 1 1/2 inches long
Hand Patinaed bronze with fresh water pearls
Boxwood is an attractive evergreen that can
reach heights of thirty or more feet. The slow
growing dwarf variety is close clipped (a custom
that began in Roman times) to make decorative
edgings. Our original model was made from
cuttings taken at George Washington's Mount
Throughout history, the pearl, with its warm inner
glow and shimmering iridescence, has been one
of the most highly prized and sought after gems.
In ancient Rome, pearls were considered the
ultimate symbol of wealth and social standing.
The Greeks held the pearl in high esteem for
both its unrivaled beauty and its association with
love and marriage.
A natural pearl begins life as a foreign object,
such as a parasite or piece of sand, that
accidentally becomes lodged in the oyster's soft
inner body where it cannot be expelled. In an
effort to ease this irritant, the oyster's body takes
defensive action and begins to secrete a smooth,
hard crystalline substance around the irritant in
order to protect itself. This substance is called
nacre. As long as the irritant remains within its
body, the oyster will continue to secrete layer
upon layer of nacre around the irritant. After a
few years, the irritant will be totally encased by
the silky crystalline coatings. The result is the
lovely and lustrous gem called a pearl.
Cultured pearls are formed by oysters in an
almost identical fashion, except that man
surgically implants the irritant - a small piece of
polished shell - in the oyster, rather than leaving
it to chance. The process from then on is the
same as with natural pearls.
Made in the USA
Pearls should not be exposed to water, cleansers,
excessive perspiration or prolonged sunlight.
They may be cleaned with a soft cloth
|May we suggest a matching
necklace and earrings
|Small Leaf Boxwood Necklace
|Small Leaf Boxwood Stud Earrings