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Dara: a pair of super long feather earrings with semiprecious howlite and cruelty-free Eastern Rosella feathers

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These earrings feature eastern rosella tail-feathers in jewel-like hues of green and blue, beneath antiqued-brass coloured beads and semiprecious howlite stone beads in cream.

The feathers are cruelty free – that is, they were moulted naturally by their avian owners. I found them on the ground, on two separate occasions, yet they match almost perfectly. I cleaned and sterilised them before cutting their shafts to shape and mounting them in these earrings. Naturally, that makes these earrings one-of-a-kind.
The eastern rosella is a stunningly bright, rainbow-coloured parakeet that was introduced from the south-east of Australia (hence the name 'eastern') to New Zealand in the early 1900's. These feathers are from the tail of an eastern rosella: they are long and straight, in vivid, deep shades of blue and green, dulling to grey and greyish-blue on the underside, with the rachis (the 'spine', 'stem', or main shaft of the feather) being dark grey. The ends of the feathers are just a touch ragged: after all, they had reached the end of their usefulness to their original owner, so they are second-hand!

Howlite was discovered at Tick Canyon, California in 1868 by Henry How (1828-1879), a Canadian chemist, geologist, and mineralogist. The howlite beads in these earrings are round and parchment-coloured, with brown veining which gives them an aged, cracked look. I flanked them with antiqued-brass coloured beads and wire-wrapped them with non-tarnish, artist's quality wire.

'Dara' is a name found in many languages, but I have taken the name of these earrings from the Irish 'Mac Dara' which means 'oak tree' in Irish Gaelic.

These feather and stone earrings are very lightweight and very long! Because they use natural materials, one earring is a few millimetres longer than the other: one measures 20.1cm while the other measures 20.6cm from top to bottom. The feathers are between 21mm and 23mm wide. The antiqued-brass coloured ear-hooks are without nickel.

Please note that while I have tried to capture the colours of these feathers as exactly as possible, all feathers change colour depending on the light, and your computer monitor may interpret colours differently to mine.
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Feathers are delicate and thus feather jewellery should be gently treated. Avoid crushing these earrings, and handle them as little as possible. Storing them hanging will help them keep their shape for as long as possible. If these earrings need washing, swish them gently through warm water with a drop or two of hand soap in it, then dry them immediately in sunlight on a paper towel.

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