Wendy Stauffer Jewelry
Lapis Lazuli Flower Earrings with Pearl Cluster
When I still had my garden in Connecticut, I was always in search of strong, blue flowers. Often they veered towards purple or violet rather than a true blue. When I am at my work bench I can create the garden of my dreams and these lapis lazuli flower earrings are a standout. The bold and unmistakable royal blue of these lapis "petals" is enhanced when I weave them with gold fill wire to form delicate blooms. At the center of each flower I placed three tiny white freshwater pearls on solid 14k gold headpins.
These earrings measure just under an inch in length and half an inch in width.
I use solid gold for the headpins as I don't think the gold vermeil headpins hold up. The gold fill wire used to weave the earrings as well as for the ear wires should stand up for years and years with minimal care. The term gold filled is a bit misleading--the wire is not "filled" with gold. Rather a layer of 14 karat gold is heat or pressure bonded to a core of brass. It is a much thicker layer of gold than that used in plated jewelry. Store the earrings in plastic bags to protect from scratches as well as excess moisture in the air. Don't shower or swim with your jewelry on. You can enjoy the rich warmth of gold for a fraction of the cost.