These unique dangle earrings were handmade with Turritella agate stones and solid, nickel free sterling silver. Custom bezel settings were created for each stone and they are soldered onto a textured triangle shaped back plate. The silver is polished to a high shine to catch the light just right.
* Total length including the ear wire is 1.5", the triangle drop measures just over an inch long and and inch across at the widest point.
Here is some more info about Turritella agate from an article on Geology.com in case you aren't familiar with this unique stone, it's truly a unique piece of history!
"Turritella Agate is the popular name used for a brown, translucent, fossiliferous agate found in the Green River Formation of Wyoming. It is very easy to recognize because it contains large fossil snails that stand out in a white-to-tan color that contrasts with the brownish agate."
"How did Turritella Agate Form?
About 50 million years ago, the young Rocky Mountains were almost finished growing, and the landscape of what is now parts of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming consisted of rugged mountains separated by broad intermountain basins. Rains falling on the slopes of these mountains ran off of the land and collected into streams that carried sand, silt, mud, and dissolved materials down into the lakes that occupied the intermountain basins. Over time, these sediments began filling the lakes, and many types of fossils were preserved within them.
Abundant plants and algae grew on the margins of these lakes, providing a perfect habitat and food source for Elimia tenera, the freshwater snail. When the snails died, their shells sank to the bottom of the lake. The snails were so prolific that entire lenses of sediment were composed almost entirely of their shells.
After these layers were buried, groundwater moved through the sediments. Small amounts of dissolved microcrystalline silica in the groundwater began to precipitate, possibly in the form of a gel, within the cavities of the snail shells and the empty spaces between them. Over time, the entire mass of fossils was silicified, forming the brown fossiliferous agate (also known as chalcedony) that we know today as Turritella agate."
* Handmade with Argentium Sterling silver - see below for more about this unique metal!
We handcraft this design with Argentium Silver. Why do we choose Argentium?
* Argentium contains more pure silver (93.5%) than traditional sterling silver which has (92.5%) pure silver
* Naturally brighter and whiter in color than any other precious metal.
* Tarnish resistant. It maintains a bright shiny finish about 7 times longer than sterling silver.
* Hypoallergenic. Argentium Silver is 100% nickel free so it’s hypoallergenic and can be worn by many people who can’t wear traditional sterling silver due to allergies.
* Argentium Silver is created from 100% recycled silver.
We use Argentium Silver in our jewelry because we want to create pieces with quality materials so our jewelry can be effortlessly enjoyed for years to come!
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Many of our items are created after your order is placed, so customizations like length, size or color are no problem at all. We are also happy to change ear wire styles(french hook,clip-on or lever back) on any earrings. Please let us know if you need any alterations on the styles in our shop, we are happy to accomodate!
Every order we ship includes a care package that includes a tarnish prevention bag to store your jewelry in as well as a disposable tarnish removing polishing square and care instructions!
Every item comes in a Lizardi Jewelry branded box with a silver elastic bow and is wrapped with decorative tissue paper. If the item is a gift that is shipping directly to someone please let us know in the note to seller section at checkout and we will be sure not to include the price.
Unfortunately at this time we do not accept wholesale orders.