Old Blood earrings: brecciated jasper drops with white glass pearls – unusual and gothic-inspired

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Wire-wrapped, brecciated jasper drops dangle from elegantly arched, gunmetal-black ear-wires. Above each semiprecious stone drop, adorning the ear wire, is a white glass pearl framed by glossy, gunmetal-black, ridged bead-caps.

'Old blood': a noble family with a long history? Or a dark, semi-congealed bodily fluid that is no longer fresh and scarlet?
Or both?

The polished jasper beads have the colours of darkened, half-dried blood: dark crimson, brick red, and charcoal. They are flattened ovals in shape.
The faux pearls have slight imperfections in their surfaces, giving them a vintage feel, which adds to the 'old', distinguished ambience of the earrings.

Jasper is a semiprecious stone; a form of chalcedony. The name 'jasper' means 'spotted or speckled stone'. Jasper was a favourite gem in the ancient world; its name can be traced back in Hebrew, Assyrian, Persian, Greek and Latin. It comes in an extraordinary variety of colours and patterns.
'Brecciated' comes from the Italian word 'breccia', which means 'a breach'. Brecciated stone is stone that has been formed from broken fragments of other stones, and is held together by a fine-grained matrix. This gives it a marbled look and fascinating patterning.
Because all semiprecious stones are different, the stones in your earrings may be slightly different from the ones shown. The markings will vary from stone to stone, and from front to back of the stone (see the photographs). There may be the occasional splash of brighter blood-red, but all of the stone beads have the same basic colouring.

The 'Old Blood' earrings measure 53mm from top to bottom. The jasper drops are 21mm long, including the wire-wrapping, and 12.5mm across. The ear-wires have a wonderfully smooth finish, and are without nickel.

The imitation pearls and the bead caps have been simply slid onto the ear-wires, so it is recommended that you keep the ear-wires closed so that the beads do not slip off and get lost. Keeping the earrings hanging, rather than jumbled up in a jewellery box, will help to ensure that the ear-wires do not get opened or bent by other jewellery pieces pushing against them.

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Silverlight Jewellery … soft gothic.

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  • Ships from Te Awamutu, New Zealand.
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